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Recycling plant fire sends plume of smoke over Phoenix area

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PHOENIX — A fire at a recycling plant sent a plume of black smoke wafting over the Phoenix metro area on Thursday.

Phoenix Fire Department officials said the first-alarm blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a plant near 35th Avenue and Broadway Road.

Department spokesman Capt. Rob McDade said crews were able to set up ladder trucks on two sides of the fire.

The ladder trucks were pumped by engines and were able to provide large amounts of water streams.

Operators of scrapyard cranes moved large pieces of metal to enable crews to reach the core of the blaze.

McDade said one of the cranes struck a ladder truck. The ladder crew was uninjured, but had to retreat and come down from the ladder.

There’s still no word on how the fire started.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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