City Of Tucson 9-1-1 dispatchers received a single call reporting smoke and flames coming from the rear of a commercial building in the 1200 block of East Prince Road.
As firefighters arrived they found a large column of dark smoke and flames coming from the southeast corner of the structure. Firefighters used a gas powered saw to cut through the door locks and pulled hose lines inside the structure to search for occupants and attack the fire.
As crews made their way to the rear of the structure they were confronted with dense smoke and zero visibility. Multiple crews advanced hose lines into the structure and located the bulk of the flames in a storage room approximately 15’ x 20’ in size. The ladder company secured utilities and went to the roof where they cut a large ventilation hole with a chainsaw to allow the smoke and superheated gasses to escape, which reduces temperatures and increases visibility. Fire crews were able to keep the bulk of the flames confined to the storage area however there was smoke damage throughout the restaurant. There were no occupants at the structure at the time of the fire. In total, twenty-seven firefighters from ten units responded to the scene. Pima County Health Department and Building Safety were also responding to assess damages.