A massive fire at a waste recycling plant in West Phoenix has become the biggest challenge in the history of the local fire department.
Phoenix Fire Department officials say there was a fire at a recycling plant near 35th Avenue and Buckeye on June 5 that escalated into a massive Level 6 fire. “I can’t remember the last time we had a Level 6 alarm,” said unit captain Todd Keller.
The fire started around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Residents said smoke could even be seen from Mesa and Ahwatukee. The plume of smoke from the fire was so large that it was even spotted by National Weather Service radar.
Meanwhile, firefighters said 150 private and commercial customers were left without power for 10 hours due to the effects of the fire.
At one point, firefighters said, the fire moved to 35th Avenue, causing several cars to catch fire in a small junkyard. Officials also say more than 200 firefighters and 10 different agencies were involved in putting out the fires. One of the firefighters suffered a leg injury and is now in the hospital in stable condition.
Several businesses adjacent to the recycling plant also sustained damage.