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May 9, 2012 2:42 PM

Whiskey Row in Prescott open to traffic again

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have reopened Prescott's famed Whiskey Row to traffic the morning after a fire destroyed three businesses.

A Prescott city official said Wednesday that Montezuma Street between Gurley and Goodwin is accessible to traffic again. The fire scene is still blocked off but most parking is open along Whiskey Row.

Jeff Knotek, of the Prescott Fire Department, says investigators are hoping to find the cause by the end of the day. He says authorities are sifting through debris and interviewing witnesses.

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

The historic Prescott block has been called Whiskey Row since before the turn of the century, when more than 40 saloons lined the street.

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