Firefighters escape from rooftops while battling Phoenix blaze - WNEM TV 5

Firefighters escape from rooftops while battling Phoenix blaze

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A fire destroyed two Phoenix auto shops on East Van Buren near 32nd Street on Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters said the flames spread quickly from one business to the other and at one point firefighters were forced to get off the rooftop of one of the buildings when the structure began to collapse, according to Phoenix fire Capt. Tony Muir.

No one was seriously injured.

"We had pretty strong winds blowing from the west to the east," Muir said. "[It was] a very active fire in this automotive shop and on [the fire] spread outside in the front yard."

Firefighters were working into the wind and smoke for the duration of the blaze but crews contained it to just two businesses and the fire did not spread onto any residential homes.

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