PHOENIX — Firefighters had their hands full battling a fire that sparked at a salvage yard in south Phoenix Sunday afternoon.
Smoke could be seen for miles from the massive fire burning near 27th Avenue and Buckeye Road.
Phoenix Firefighters are currently battling a 2nd alarm salvage yard fire at 1012 S 29th Ave. Please stay clear of the area. pic.twitter.com/MTG74s5ucz— Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) July 4, 2021
Officials say they were dispatched to the Superior Recycling Yard just after 2 p.m. for reports of smoke in the area.
When crews arrived on the scene, they began battling the 1st-alarm fire. While battling the fire, crews discovered a home that was built inside the recycling yard had caught fire.
Crews say the home was lost during the fire, and later learned the home was built for storage.
As they continued their battle, crews focused on protecting adjacent businesses from being caught in the fire. The nearby businesses included a lumber yard and a pallet yard.
The fire was then upgraded to a second and then third-alarm fire due to the size of the yard, and the adjacent businesses as well as weather conditions.
Phoenix firefighters say nearby homes were also evacuated due to a power loss in the area. Valley Metro provided a bus to allow those who have been temporarily displaced to stay cool and hydrated.
Officials say one firefighter was transported to the hospital in stable condition with heat-related illnesses.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.