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911 calls released in massive Phoenix industrial fire

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A massive fire shut down a portion of westbound Interstate 10 for several hours last Thursday - as flames consumed several buildings at an industrial park in Phoenix.

Now, CBS 5 News has obtained the frantic 911 calls for help.

You can tell from the caller's voice, it was a chaotic scene.

The fire was growing and the recycling plant employee was justifiably scared.

Caller: "Mega Metals, Mega Metals - we're at 19th Avenue and McDowell. We're a titanium company."

911: "What is on fire?"

Caller: "The company; the titanium. They have oil."

Piles of titanium were burning, sending flames and smoke into the air near the I-17 and I-10 interchange.

Caller: "We're right under the overpass - literally right under the overpass."

The caller becomes more hysterical as flames inched closer to buildings.

Caller: "All right, we're all evacuating the building. It just got out of control."

The fire eventually spread to buildings, sending a massive plume of thick, black smoke over the city - prompting drivers to call 911 as well.

Caller: "I'm at 19th Avenue and Grand Avenue and I'm looking at a fire. It's a big fire - industrial fire."

Caller: "Is this a structure fire?"

911: "It's a recycling plant. But, there's hazardous materials - so that's why you can see it."

By the time firefighters knocked down the flames, the fire had destroyed three buildings.

The Phoenix Fire Department believes sparks, from welders, ignited the highly flammable titanium shavings.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said the elevated ramp connecting I-10 with I-17 at the interchange was not damaged from the heat or smoke from the blaze.

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