Massive fire in Arizona prompted new push to inspect one city's recycling yards

  • Source: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
  • Published: 09/28/2021 12:00 AM

In June 2021, a massive fire tore through a Phoenix recycling company. Hundreds of firefighters had to be called in to help fight the blaze, and it generated the largest response in Phoenix Fire Department’s history. The massive blaze at Friedman Recycling saw wood, tires, and other raw materials burn, sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky. It led to a major change in how the city brings businesses like these into compliance. In the past few months, Phoenix Fire inspectors have spent the past few months inspecting hundreds of some of the most high-risk recycling businesses in the Valley. Their goal is to not only educate the businesses on what they're doing wrong, but also how to make it right. "It's been a little crazy. We had our work cut out for us," said Phoenix Fire Inspector Lisa Lerma. Lerma is one of only six Phoenix Fire inspectors.


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