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Nov 4, 2012 11:36 AM by Scott Oathout

Fire at McKale contained to equipment room

TUCSON- A two-alarm fire at the McKale Center last night, was contained to the equipment room.

According to Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker, the fire was reported by University of Arizona Police around 9:30 Saturday night. When the first units arrived, they reported smoke coming from the roof area.

TFD and UAPD located the fire in the equipment room through the alarm panel. Upon arrival, they saw heavy smoke and water coming out from under the door of the equipment room.

Firefighters quickly put out the flames, but Captain Baker said the smoke had to be ventilated out before they could determine if the fire was completely extinguished. Firefighters determined the fire did not reach the roof.

A total of 21 units and 48 firefighters responded to the call.

Captain Baker says the cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion.

A bundle of rags was found inside the equipment room with chemicals (believed to be cleaning solvents.)

Firefighters say sometimes when different cleaning solvents are mixed, they can cause a chemical reaction.

They believe that's what caused the spontaneous combustion.

They say this type of fire does not happen often.

Today's volleyball match between the Wildcats and USC took place at noon as scheduled.

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