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Fire destroys homeless camp

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The smoke from the fire could be seen for miles, according to witnesses. (Source: Northwest Fire) The smoke from the fire could be seen for miles, according to witnesses. (Source: Northwest Fire)
Crews describe the site as a 40x40-foot area, built by a homeless couple several years ago. (Source: Northwest Fire) Crews describe the site as a 40x40-foot area, built by a homeless couple several years ago. (Source: Northwest Fire)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two people were injured in a fire Thursday morning in a homeless camp near West Cortaro Farms and North Thornydale roads, just behind a Valero gas station.

The smoke from the fire could be seen for miles, according to witnesses.

Northwest Fire crews responded to the scene around 6:45am after receiving several 911 calls.

Firefighters arrived to find a homeless camp fully engulfed in flames. Crews describe the site as a 40x40-foot area, built by a homeless couple several years ago. The structure was constructed out of mattresses, plastic tarp covers, and wood panels.

The couple told investigators that a candle was being used in the camp and started the fire.

The man and woman suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation. A non-profit church group is offering assistance to the couple.

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