PHOENIX, Ariz. – UPDATE 2 – 2100 PDT
A Super Safeway store was the big trending story yesterday after it caught on fire. Firefighters from multiple fire departments arrived on-scene to see the fully engulfed commercial structure ablaze that would eventually be elevated to a 3-alarm blaze.
Tactics were taken to immediately go into a defensive operation. It was too unsafe to enter the building. There were several reports in media and on Social Media saying at first there was no one inside and another saying that all persons had safely evacuated the building.
Around 0840 hours this morning (Thursday, July 12, 2018), photographs on Social Media would show that the store was fully left open and exposed with its roof completely caved in, shelving toppled, steel rebar and girders showing the intensity of the blaze and how it can completely destroy anything in its path.
Reports of a big storm with lightning rolled over the area, right before smoke billowed out of the building. One Social Media user reported that Police had shutdown several roadways, while emergency personnel responded to a gas leak a day or two ago.
There is no exact cause listed but reports of a big downpour of rain fell over the area with some speculating that the heavy rain may have caused the roof to be too heavy and suffered some damage to an electrical box. We will have to wait to see what the result of the fire investigation report states.
A Disaster Recovery and Restoration team was on site today around 1650 hours, assessing the damage of the building. It appears that everything interior appeared to be destroyed with the outer walls including the front facade of the structure still standing.
Safeway said that will be relocating employees from this store to other locations. It is unknown if they plan to rebuild this store.
No injuries were reported.
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