Firefighters were called to the scene of a chemical fire at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday. The warehouse and nearby businesses were forced to evacuate. A shelter in place order was issued to a nearby apartment complex and Interstate 10 was closed in both directions, but has since reopened.
The chemical burning has still not been identified by the fire department or Amazon. Videos of the scene showed smoke coming from the area of the warehouse where the trucks are stored.
Capt. Todd Keller, with the Phoenix Fire Department, said they received multiple reports of a chemical smell as far as a half mile away from the warehouse.
Amazon released the following statement “This morning at one of our Phoenix fulfillment centers, our team noticed smoke coming from a trailer located in our onsite truck yard. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees at the site were promptly evacuated and have been sent home with pay. No employees were injured as a result of this incident. We appreciate the efforts of our local first responders.”
Interstate 10 reopens after hazmat fire at Amazon warehouse in Phoenix