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Crews douse debris fire at another Phoenix recycling yard


PHOENIX – The Phoenix Fire Department battled another recycling facility fire on Thursday, but it wasn’t near the size of what they dealt with over the weekend.

Crews responded to a call at the Library Iron and Metal Recycling Yard on McDowell Road just east of Interstate 17 and found a large debris pile in flames, the department said in a press release.

The fire, which started around 4:30 p.m., was elevated to two alarms, and more than 60 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

Investigators have not yet determined a cause.

On Saturday, a destructive recycling plant fire near the intersection of 35th Avenue and Lincoln Street spewed smoke for miles across the Valley and required the largest response in Phoenix Fire Department history.

Crews from seven cities were needed to control that blaze, with more than 200 firefighter on hand at the peak.

A neighboring lumber company, tire shop and recycling center were among the businesses lost.

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