Blaze at abandoned 4th Ave building
A fire just after midnight burned through an abandoned building just off 4th Avenue, with 21 Tucson firefighters quelling a blaze in a 9th Street structure.
The building, set back from 4th by a dirt lot on the northwest corner of 9th Street as it curves into Stevens Avenue, just north of the 4th Avenue Underpass, was about 50 percent involved in flames when firefighters arrived at 12:04 a.m. Tuesday, said a Fire Department spokesman.
The first crew on the scene "had to cut through a fence to access the building," said Cpt. Barrett Baker.
Because there was a large hole in the roof, where an air conditioning unit had possibly fallen through, firefighters battled the fire from outside the building, Baker said.
"They were able to extinguish the majority of the flames from the exterior and then briefly made entry to control any other hot spots and perform a quick search of the building," he said.
The fire was contained within 16 minutes of crews arriving at the scene, he said.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, and no damage estimate was available Tuesday morning, Baker said.
Pima County tax records show the building dates to 1907.