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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:04 am

Multiple crews are working a second-alarm oil fire near 24th Street and Jefferson Street in Phoenix where two workers have been reportedly burned, according to Phoenix Fire Department Cpt. Benjamin Santillan.

Thick, black smoke and flames could be seen from the ABC15 valley camera over central Phoenix just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Various explosions could be heard early on after the fire started involving an oil tanker in the industrial neighborhood.

One witness at a fast-food restaurant in the area told ABC15 reporter Angie Holdsworth that he saw two large explosions with flames as the fire began.

Drivers should avoid 24th Street because it is reportedly closed between Buckeye Road and Jefferson Street.

Traffic in the surrounding areas is slow, but smoke is not affecting the roadway.

Light rail riders are being told to use nearby stations as the 24th Street and Jefferson light rail platform is closed.

The Washington Street light rail track is now being used for both directions of light rail traffic. There are some delays because of the closure, according to Valley Metro's Hillary Foose.

Flight paths are also reportedly being diverted away from the smoke due to the close proximity to Sky Harbor International Airport.

Guests in a nearby hotel were evacuated, according to ABC15 reporter Nick VinZant on scene. Phoenix Police reportedly evacuated a few nearby businesses and a school.

Winds blowing toward the West Valley concerned firefighters early on, but the fire is now under control.

Those with breathing issues should use caution in the area and keep windows closed as burning carbon has the potential to cause health issues.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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