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Unbelievable fire damage to appliance store at 39th Ave &. Clarendon - Credit: @kkfox10 Unbelievable fire damage to appliance store at 39th Ave &. Clarendon - Credit: @kkfox10
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Phoenix Fire Department investigators are still trying to determine if multiple fires within a quarter mile Thursday night were caused by lightning.  All of the fires started during the storm at industrial buildings.

The fire started at an appliance store near 39th Avenue and Clarendon.  At this point, this is a hazmat situation.

Two guard dogs survived the fire, but one was trapped as flames consumed one of the rear buildings.

An ordinance team from Luke Air Force Base responded after officials found vintage military ordinance and devices in the debris. Police say the owner bought dozens of cases for explosive ordinance and had stored them in the location. They believe that the man did not know three of the tubes contained live munitions. A bomb squad from the base removed all the devices from the scene.

On Friday, we talked to the business owner about his losses.

"It's actually devastating because we had our buddy Duke that we actually lost last night.. actually one of our best friends, our dog," said Luis Torres.

By the time Torres and his family got to the fire, it was too late to save their 9-year-old pit bull.

In this space, Torres and his team dismantle, repair and resell used appliances.  

The roof of the building collapsed -- you could see burned stoves and washing machines all over the lot.  Even the appliances that look fine were soaked and likely ruined by the sprinkler system.

"We had this building on fire, we had a building to north.. to the west.. these were all commercial buildings on fire and talking with the firefighters.. the wind was just blowing.. kept pushing the fire from building to building," said Capt. Ruben Saavedra.

The owner estimates he lost $500,000 in property, but says the company does have insurance.

"The way that I'm gonna recover is basically time," he said.

Down the street, crews repaired a pole that powered a tire shop and pallet yard.  Sadly, a dog also died in this fire.  The shop is still intact, but many of the pallets went up in flames.

"It's like they say, it's an act of God.  What can we do?  Nothing.  Just go with it," said Torres.

Torres says if the space is unusable, he will find another warehouse and continue business as soon as possible.
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