Hot light, smoldering suitcases clear store at Park Place - Tucson News Now

Hot light, smoldering suitcases clear store at Park Place

Source: Tucson Fire Source: Tucson Fire
Source: Tucson Fire Source: Tucson Fire
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A small fire in some suitcases set off a sprinkler head at the Dillard's at Park Place, causing an evacuation at the store on Thursday.

Tucson Fire got the call around 1:35 p.m. and found smoke in the building along with the spraying sprinkler. They didn't find any flames when they tracked down the fire on the second floor, but they  discovered two suitcases on a shelf in the luggage department that were charred. 

Firefighters say the fire started on a shelf where suitcases were displayed. They found the suitcases pressed up against a fluorescent light bulb, and either the bulb or the fixture malfunctioned, or the suitcases -- both made from combustible material -- caused the bulb to heat up to a point where it started a fire.

Dillard's is cleaning up the water from the sprinkler.

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