Story #1 The Phoenix Fire Department battled a fire today after a paper recycling caught fire in Downtown Phoenix, there were no significant injuries. Bio Pappel International recycling plant caught fire around 3 p.m. and the Fire Department battled wind gusts up to 40 mph. 1,300 gallons of water per minute was poured on the fire by units of the Phoenix Fire Department and other surrounding cities. The fire was put out by 5:45 that night. Central Arizona Shelter Services, located just north of the fire, was prepared to evacuate if the winds shifted their way, but this did not happen. “If the wind changes, I am going to have to get people out of here,” Mark Holleran, said, the director of the shelter. The cause of the fire is still under investigation according to Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure. Story #2 A 45-‐year-‐old man was found dead in the Bio Pappel International recycling plant Tuesday after the building caught fire in Downtown Phoenix. The body of Peter McGurkee was found charred after he entered the building to take a nap on a stack of papers at the recycling plant. He was an out-‐of-‐work carpenter according to Capt. Tony Mure of the Phoenix Fire Department. Mark Holleran, director of the Central Arizona Shelter Services, said McGurkee tried to get a bed at the shelter, but there was no room. “The bad economy fills our shelter every night,” Holleran said. “We have been begging the city to give us more money…Maybe they’ll listen to us now.” Randy Miller, an out-‐of-‐work construction worker, was watching the fire. “It’s just another disaster-‐I have seen plenty,” Miller said. Larry Miller, Arizona Fire Inspector, said that this is the third fire at the plant in two years. Miller warned the plant to make changes two weeks ago. Owner of Bio Pappel International, Peter Allen, said he was deeply saddened to hear about the death of the man. Signs were posted around the building warning people not to trespass. “This fire has our full attention,” Allen said. “We recently made major safety improvements to our plant and don’t know how this could happen.”
The fire started at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday and black clouds could be seen over Downtown Phoenix. The Phoenix Fire Department battled flames and 40 mph winds until 5:45 that night. Fire units from Phoenix and surrounding cities had a difficult time surrounding the fire on all sides due to the wind. The Central Arizona Shelter Services just north of the fire were prepared to evacuate if the winds shifted their way. Fortunately, the building did not have to evacuate. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.