Firefighters battle fire hours after bomb threat at westside Circle K
CREATED Dec. 29, 2012
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson firefighters battled heavy smoke at a local convenience store that had previously been investigated after a bomb threat.
The store manager of a Circle K in the 3900 block of north Flowing Wells Road called 9-1-1 after noticing smoke coming from near a pallet of shipped goods at around 3:15 a.m. Saturday, according to Jeff Langejans with the Tucson Fire Department.
Shortly after firefighters arrived on scene, they saw heavy smoke rolling out of the front door of the convenience store, Langejans said.
Crews quickly worked to douse the fire and make sure no one was inside the store. Then, firefighters worked to clear the smoke from the building, according to Langejans.
Langejans tells KGUN9 that during the incident firefighters learned that that someone had called in a bomb threat Friday morning. Tucson police initially investigated the threat, but found nothing.
Since the fire ignited less than 24 hours after the bomb threat, crews made the decision to call the Tucson Police Department Bomb Squad to investigate the scene again. However, investigators once again found the scene to be safe, Langejans said.
The Circle K store sustained around $150,000 in damage, including considerable smoke damage to all of the contents within the store, Langejans said. Crews requested that a health department representative evaluate the food products to check for smoke contamination.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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