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West Phoenix recycling plant catches fire

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PHOENIX -

A west Phoenix recycling plant went up in flames Saturday morning.

Firefighters say when the temps begin to rise they have two concerns: getting the fire under control and taking care of themselves.

"[It] doesn't take much to get them going," said Phoenix Fire Capt. David Johnson.

With the hot temps, firefighters say these types of fires are common.

"Recycling fires, mulch fires they just seem to happen with the combustion and what not and with everything being so packed together so tightly doesn't take much to get them going," said Johnson.

Firefighters have responded to the Friedman Recycling Plant twice in the last three weeks.

Saturday's paper bale fire was, luckily, fairly minor.

"The bales and the machinery that actually makes the bales was--also caught on fire," said Johnson.

Although it was a minor fire, firefighters still prepared in all their turnout gear and equipment.

It's a hot job when temperatures are pushing 108 degrees.

"We rotate the crews a little bit more frequently. Obviously nobody can go as long as they would when the temperatures a lot cooler. [We] drink a lot of water in preparation," said Johnson.

Firefighters say extra precautions have to be taken when the mercury begins to rise.

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