Phoenix fire prompts ‘largest response’ in fire department’s history

PHOENIX — A massive fire that prompted the “largest response” in the history of the Phoenix Fire Department burned multiple recycling yards and commercial structures Saturday in west Phoenix, threatening nearby homes and filling the sky with clouds of smoke and flames.

The fire started at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday as a first-alarm fire at a recycling yard, said Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Capt. Todd Keller.

At about 3:30 p.m., the fire was upgraded to a Type 1 fire and had reached five commercial structures along with multiple recycling yards, officials said.

About 200 firefighters between 10 agencies were working on the fire Saturday afternoon. Roughly 800 customers were also impacted by a power outage in the area of the fire, according to an Arizona Public Service electric outage map. 

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