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Jun 13, 2012 2:15 PM

Firefighters battle midtown blaze for over 2 hours Tuesday night

TUCSON - Firefighters spent over two hours bringing a fire inside a midtown business under control Tuesday night.

The Tucson Fire Department received several 911 calls reporting a building on fire - the first unit responded to the Royal Collision Center at 5920 E. Speedway Blvd. within four minutes to find the building full of smoke, according to a TFD news release.

The engine company entered the building to check for people and fire, but could not locate the fire, the release states. A ladder crew cut into the roof with chainsaws to try and locate the fire in the attic - it was determined the fire was there, the release states. The building was very old and had been remodeled several times.

Command made the decision to pull all firefighters out of the building and from the roof, and move to defensive operations, the release states. Additional units were called to the scene, and two ladder trucks dumped large amounts of water from above while firefighters continued to open up the attic space.

It took 17 units and 43 firefighters two hours and 24 minutes to bring the fire under control, the release states. There were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire and extent of damage is still being determined.

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