Arizona

May 9, 2012 12:27 PM

VIDEO: Some businesses reopen after Prescott fire

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities are allowing few places to reopen the morning after a two-alarm fire on Prescott's famed Whiskey Row destroyed three businesses.

Jeff Knotek, of the Prescott Fire Department, said Wednesday the entire Whiskey Row block is closed to traffic. He says more businesses will be allowed to open once officials determine the area is safe.

Knotek says investigators are hoping to find the fire's cause by the end of the day. He says authorities are sifting through debris and interviewing witnesses.

Video from KPNX, News 4 Tucson's affiliate in Phoenix

The blaze was first reported Tuesday after an employee at the Bird Cage Saloon noticed smoke shortly before 6:30 p.m.

The 100 block of South Montezuma Street in Prescott has been called Whiskey Row since before the turn of the century, when more than 40 saloons lined the street.

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