Morning fire caused in part by wind, destroys building - Tucson News Now

Morning fire caused in part by wind, destroys building

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A building that was initially destroyed by a fire last summer went up in flames due to weather conditions and a debris pile today in the 500 block of E. 24th Street.

Tucson Fire responded to the scene of a fire caused by the use of an oxyacetylene torch and fueled by high winds just after 10:30 a.m., according to a news release.

Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department said the building, which was once Don's Frozen Food locker, was razed last year after being engulfed in a two alarm fire last July. 

Workers removed debris with a torch to cut metal when the wood caught fire.

Officials say the fire progressed rapidly due to high winds pushing the flames to the north, as well as impinging on power lines between the two properties.

Nearby train tracks east of the property were shut down for more than an hour due to heavy smoke.

Heavy equipment will be needed to remove the larger debris piles to assist in the firefighting efforts. 

Overall, eight units and 27 firefighters brought the fire under control in twelve minutes. There were no reported injuries to firefighters. 

The estimated damages were not determined.

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