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Second-alarm fire rips through building in Phoenix near 16th Street and Highland

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 18:31:39-05

PHOENIX — A second-alarm fire that ripped through an abandoned office complex in central Phoenix Friday afternoon sent up heavy smoke over the Valley.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman David Ramirez said firefighters worked to control the blaze near 16th Street and Highland Avenue as it went from a first-alarm fire to a second-alarm fire just after 1:30 p.m.

Phoenix firefighters say when they arrived, large amounts of fire and smoke were seen coming from the second floor.

Firefighters say they were able to use ladder trucks to battle the fire from above and multiple hand lines to battle it from the ground.

ADOT camera video showed a thick plume of white smoke in the area.

Watch video from the scene in our player below.

A building adjacent was evacuated as a precaution, due to the fire.

Firefighters say no injuries were reported on the scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.