Phoenix Paper Mills Are Really Really Flammable

If you have eyes, and were in downtown Phoenix this afternoon, you may have noticed the enormous plume of smoke that overtook the skyline. Obviously, there was a fire.

Details of the blaze are limited, but Phoenix fire officials tell New Times the fire started just before 2 p.m. at the McKinley Paper Company at 425 South 15th Avenue.

Downwind of the fire, burnt paper fell from the sky as homeless people wandered from the nearby Central Arizona Shelter Services facility to avoid the invading smoke.

"Shit's fucked up," a local hobo eloquently describes the blaze to New Times as he wheeled a shopping cart full of garbage bags away from the incoming smoke.

We heard a small explosion before being told to move along by a Phoenix police officer. It's unclear if anyone was injured.

Check back for updates, but in the meantime, enjoy the photos posted below.



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