TFD controls church attic fire - Tucson News Now

TFD controls church attic fire

(Source: TFD) (Source: TFD)

A fire heavily damaged the attic space of a three-story church in the 600 block of North Sixth Avenue early Sunday morning though no injuries were reported.

Tucson Fire Department responded at 2 a.m. after a passer by called 911 reporting smoke from the church, according to a press release. A TFD ladder truck was returning to their station from a medical call and was in the area when the call came in. They arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from what appeared to be vents above the third floor. Crews extended the 100-foot ladder to the roof of the church to investigate where the smoke was coming from.

Multiple engine companies arrived on scene and entered the church through different doors, having to force their way in. They performed a search of the church to ensure no one was inside. It was reported by units on scene that flames could be seen from the attic space on the north side of the church. Personnel inside reported that the auditorium was clear of any fire, indicating that the fire was above them. Those units pulled down the ceiling using long poles to access the attic space and extinguish the flames by spraying water into the holes. They reported heavy charring in the attic space and used thermal imaging cameras to try and locate the fire. 

The ladder crew on the roof cut multiple holes in the roof to allow the smoke to escape and used hose lines to extinguish any flames that could be seen from above. Due to the size of the building and type of fire, a second alarm was dispatched to the scene approximately 20 minutes after the initial units were dispatched.

A total of 15 units consisting of 41 firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. Investigators were on scene but no cause and origin are still under investigation. 

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