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Explosions shake north Tempe industrial area, car dealership burns

TEMPE, Ariz. — Several explosions shook north Tempe early Monday morning when part of an auto dealership went up in flames.

A Tempe Fire Department spokesman said a storage area in the building at McClintock Drive and Loop 202 burned. No employees were inside, but some cars were damaged.

Flames as high as 25 feet shot into the air during the most intense moments of the blaze. Mesa and Phoenix firefighters also responded and were able to get the fire under control. The fire started around 4 a.m.

The smoke caused some disruption for some flights at nearby Sky Harbor Airport.

The street was closed southbound from Weber Drive to Curry Road for about three hours.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.