A fire broke out in the yard of a storage and moving facility located in the 6100 block of East Palo Verde Road. Nearly two dozen 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a large structure fire. Many callers believed that a nearby school might be involved.  The first fire crew arrived six minutes after dispatch and found fourteen storage “pods” heavily engulfed in flames. These large containers were stacked two high and flames were over thirty feet high on arrival. After crews forced open a fence to gain access to the fire they immediately placed several hose lines in between the storage pods and a large commercial structure located just fifteen feet away. As additional crews arrived on scene they made entry into the threatened structure to ensure there were no occupants as well as no fire spread.  Firefighters were able to confine the fire to the containers and stop it from spreading into the building. There was an elementary school located several hundred feet from the fire but it was never threatened. Eleven units and twenty-six firefighters controlled the fire twenty-eight minutes after arriving on scene.  No injuries were reported and no permanent structures were burned in the fire. All storage pods appeared to be empty of contents. The damages are estimated at $ 50,000

Safety Message: Calling 9-1-1 as soon as you see smoke or flames allows TFD resources to get to the emergency as fast as possible.  Fires can grow quickly and the faster our resources are notified the better chance we have of reducing property damage or potentially having to rescue occupants.

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