Firefighters were pushed to extreme limits and employees and patrons were evacuated following a fire at Rincon Market in midtown Tuesday afternoon, officials say.
Captain Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department says the three-alarm fire caused evacuations of four businesses in the 2500 block of E. 6th Street just after 12 p.m.
A Rincon Market employee apparently called 911 to report smoke and TFD personnel quickly responded and confirmed that smoke was coming from the back of the building.
Due to the large size of the building and limited access, a ladder crew cut a large hole over the flames and another on a wall for more crews to reach the fire. Another crew cut a hole in the roof and the fire was completely extinguished within an hour.
A total of 20 units and 48 firefighters responded to the scene to assist the exhausted crews.
Baker says all of the firefighters had to later report to rehab to rehydrate and have their vital signs taken.
Investigators were not cleared to enter the building due to high levels of toxic smoke.
The cause is under investigation and the estimated damages have not been determined.
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