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Owner of fire-ravaged Phoenix business grateful for no fatalities

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PHOENIX -- The co-owner of a Phoenix business destroyed by a fire said he has a lot to be thankful for and that he and his brother plan to rebuild.

The only reported injury from the Thursday fire was to a worker at a plumbing supply industry next door. He suffered minor burns.

Sam Breecher of Breecher Sales told a local TV station that he was glad nobody was seriously injured.

The business, near 21st Avenue and McDowell Road and founded by the brothers' parents, sells products to local wholesalers for electrical, plumbing, irrigation and other businesses.

Fire Department officials said the fire apparently started from welding work. It sent a tall column of smoke over west-central Phoenix for more than an hour.

The fire was near a junction of Interstates 10 and 17 and slowed traffic for a time.

Westbound I-10 was closed from State Route 51 to 27th Avenue for several hours and reopened by 4 p.m. Ramps connecting westbound I-10 to both northbound and southbound I-17 opened Friday morning around 9 o'clock.

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