FD: Firefighters battle first-alarm blaze at abandoned Phoenix building

Posted at 5:43 PM, Feb 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 08:21:45-05

A fire at an abandoned meat-packing plant in central Phoenix is now under control, according to a Phoenix fire spokesperson.

The Phoenix Fire Department first received reports about the blaze near 48th and Van Buren streets around 5:30 on Sunday afternoon. 

According to a Phoenix firefighter Dan Gonzales, it's believed that the fire initially sparked outside of the building before spreading inside the building.

Firefighters were unable to get into the building and put out the flames from the outside, fire officials said.

"It took a lot of equipment and it took a lot of manpower to get the water supply needed to put out a large amount of water on that big fire," Gonzales said. 

The fire has since been put out and firefighters are continuing to address hot spots in and around the building.

Officials said the fire is considered suspicious because the fire started at an abandoned building without active utility service.

The Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale fire departments also responded to help put out the flames.

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