UPDATE: Arson investigators probe Sonoita restaurant fire - Tucson News Now

UPDATE: Arson investigators probe Sonoita restaurant fire

The chief of the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District said an estimated 75 percent of the restaurant was damaged by the fire. (Source: KOLD News 13) The chief of the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District said an estimated 75 percent of the restaurant was damaged by the fire. (Source: KOLD News 13)
(Source: Bonnie Skogman) (Source: Bonnie Skogman)
SONOITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Investigators from multiple agencies are investigating a fire that destroyed the Cunningham's Ranch House restaurant in Sonoita on Thursday, May 11.

According to Chief Joseph DeWolf of the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District, the "Southern Arizona Regional Arson Group" is made up of state certified investigators from the Northwest Fire District, Mountain Vista Fire District and the Corona de Tucson Fire Department.

DeWolf said the investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, which appeared to start in both the front and back of the building located at 3250 Highway 82.

The building is a loss, DeWolf said, with an estimated 75 percent of it damaged by the fire.

Sonoita-Elgin fire crews did not see anyone at the scene when they arrived at about 8:40 p.m. The building was already 25 to 50 percent involved in fire at that point.

Crews began the attack in the front of the building, then attacked the back. Crews from Patagonia Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the Whetstone Fire Department assisted in the fight.

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