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Fire rips through Spanish Trail Motel in South Tucson

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Posted at 10:24 AM, Feb 23, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-23 20:22:16-05

A fire broke out at the old Spanish Trail Motel on East Benson Highway Thursday night.

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Both Tucson Fire and South Tucson Fire responded to the blaze shortly after 10 p.m. Crews did not enter the building due to the structure being deemed unsafe, according to South Tucson Fire Captain Andy Luna.

The fire is under control, but crews continue to monitor for hotspots.

The City of South Tucson recently filed lawsuits against AM Family Properties, LLC, and Torino Avenue, LLC, owners of Spanish Trail, under a state law that requires property owners to control crimes committed by residents and visitors occurring on and around their properties.

This all comes as the South Tucson City Council decides how to move forward in negotiating fire service options with the City of Tucson.

WATCH: In the video below, the City of South Tucson discuss the future of the South Tucson Fire Department on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Excerpts from City of South Tucson City Council Tuesday, Feb. 20

Crews from Tucson Fire and South Tucson Fire responded Thursday night. The aid the City of South Tucson receives from the Tucson Fire Department has played a big role in the negotiation process.

KGUN9 will have more as this story develops.

Reyna Preciado is a reporter for KGUN 9, she joined the KGUN 9 team in July of 2022 after graduating Arizona State University. Share your story ideas with Reyna by emailing or by connecting on Instagram, or Twitter.