Two east side fires cause damages, no injuries

Kolb Star Glass fire (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Kolb Star Glass fire (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Cottontail fire (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Cottontail fire (Source: Tucson Fire Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Fire Department responded to two separate east side fires Tuesday night, both just twenty minutes apart from each other that led to no reported injuries but caused at least $5,000 in damages.

A homeowner in the 9000 block of E. Cottontail Lane called 911 to report that her husband was working in the garage when it caught fire. He was able to get himself and the cars out of the garage safely.

The first engine arrived on scene just before 7 p.m. and determined the fire was within the garage wall that was detached from the home but had separate living quarters, according to the fire department.

Drywall was removed and units had to poke holes in the stucco to locate and extinguish the fire. The crew cut a hole in the slightly charred roof to remove smoldering insulation.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the husband was soldering a copper pipe when the insulation around the pipe caught fire.

No injuries were reported and the damages were estimated to be less than $5,000.

Minutes later, multiple callers alerted police to a separate fire coming from the roof of Star Glass Company in the 1400 block of S. Kolb Road just before 7:15 p.m.

The unit that arrived on scene detected a burning dumpster-like object on the back wall that was reaching the wooden fascia at the top of the wall.

The fire was quickly extinguished and crews forced entry into the building to confirm that the inside was clear.

There were no flames inside and there were no reported injuries as the business was closed at the time of the incident.

The cause of the fire was undetermined and the estimated damages were unknown.

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