Over 150 firefighters battle pallet yard fire in Phoenix, shuttering work for many

A crew of over 150 responded to a wind-driven fire at a pallet yard late Tuesday night in Phoenix.

According to Phoenix Fire, crews arrived at the scene near 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road just after 10 p.m. on May 17 and immediately called for backup. When additional firefighters arrived, a surround and drown operation was established, "with elevated master streams and flowing big water to suppress the flames and keep them from extending to nearby businesses."

The main body of the fire was controlled. Crews were still on scene Wednesday morning to extinguish hot spots.

No injuries were reported. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Some truckers are out of work for the time being because of the fire, like Miguel Sanchez. He's a trucker and when he arrived at the yard to start his shift, he saw his truck was in the middle of the mess.

"I was ready to go to work, but I couldn't …," he said. It turns out his truck is OK, but that isn't the case for others parked inside as many were burnt to a crisp.

As crews were battling the fire, the wind posed a major issue because it helped flames spread to neighboring yards.

"It's my dad's shop. We work here, we have tools here," Sanchez said.

Bryan Luna says he had a car in the yard that was a passion project of his. Now it's gone.

As for Sanchez, he's losing days of work until he can get his truck out of the yard.

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A crew of over 150 responded to a wind-driven fire at a pallet yard on the night of May 17 in Phoenix. (Phoenix Fire Department)