Crews respond to fire; same location as massive blaze back in July

Ina Ronquillo

Crews respond to fire; same location as massive blaze back in July

CREATED Apr. 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 25, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Crews with Tucson Fire responded to the scene of a blaze at the same location where firefighters battled a massive blaze last year.

Capt. Barrett Baker tells KGUN9 firefighters responded to the scene near 500 block of East 24th Street Thursday.

In July 2012, firefighters battled a blaze at Don's Frozen Food Locker. It caught fire and required a two alarm response involving close to 50 firefighters to contain.

Baker also tells KGUN9 that the City of Tucson has taken legal action against the owners of the property for not removing the debris.

A blaze started by the use of an oxyacetylene torch and was fueled by high winds, said Baker.

Workers tasked with removing debris from the building had been razed last year were using a torch to cut some metal when the wood caught fire.  High winds helped the fire progress rapidly and catch the rest of the material on fire.

There are train tracks just east of the property as well and the tracks were shut down for over an hour due to the safety concerns with the heavy smoke, said Baker.

KGUN9 will have a recap on the blaze on KGUN9 On Your Side at 5:00 p.m.

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