Originally published Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 05:00a.m.
PHOENIX (AP) — A fire gutted a supermarket in west-central Phoenix during a heavy rainstorm storm Wednesday evening and authorities were trying to determine if the building was struck by lightning.
Phoenix Fire spokesman Capt. Rob McDade says there have been no reports of injuries and the supermarket was cleared of people shortly after firefighters arrived.
Crews from the Glendale and Phoenix fire department battled the blaze for hours after it broke out around 6 p.m.
News video shows the supermarket completely engulfed in flames with a huge plume of black smoke visible for miles over the city.
More than an inch of rain fell in a 45-minute span in the proximity of the Safeway store on 35th and Northern avenues before the fire.
Phoenix Fire crews said they responded to a report of a roof collapse at the supermarket with a possible fire associated with the collapse reportedly in the back of the large store.