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TFD fights building fire late Saturday night

Posted at 9:54 AM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 17:16:24-04

Tucson Fire responded to a building fire in the 2000 block of South Craycroft Saturday night, according to Capt. Barrett Baker. 

TFD says they received several 9-1-1 calls of heavy smoke and flames coming from  a store in the single-story strip center.

The first crews that arrived on scene at 11:16 p.m. and reported seeing heavy smoke coming out of a tailor shop in the strip center. 

Crews were having difficulty determining how many stores in the strip center were on fire because the smoke was trapped under the facade and spreading in both directions. 

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire towards the front of the store. Crews also pulled down tiles from the drop ceiling to ensure that the fire did not spread into the void space above them. They also worked to confirm that the fire did not spread into businesses on either side of the tailor shop. 

Baker says all of the stores in the strip center were closed at the time of the fire which meant crews did not have to perform large evacuations. However, one store owner of a business in the strip center was evacuated temporarily while crews were on scene fighting the fire. 

Efforts are still being made to locate the owner of the tailor shop. Baker says the fire was under control 16 minutes after the first crews arrived on scene. 

No firefighters were hurt during this fire and assistance from Red Cross was not required at the scene.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause and origin of the fire. There is not an estimate on damages at this time.