Tucson police search for suspect who stole tractor, destroyed 2 homes

Published: Jul. 14, 2015 at 2:21 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 28, 2015 at 3:08 PM MST
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(Source: Tucson Fire Department)
(Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Damage to home (Source: Tucson News Now)
Damage to home (Source: Tucson News Now)
Damaged fence where tractor entered the yard (Source:Tucson News Now)
Damaged fence where tractor entered the yard (Source:Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Police Department is searching for a suspect who stole a tractor and crashed it into two homes early on Tuesday, July 14.

Investigators say the tractor was stolen from a nearby construction site and no one was in the driver's seat when it crashed into the homes.
 
The incident happened at about 12:45 a.m. in the 8700 block of South Desert Rainbow Drive. According to a news release from the Tucson Fire Department, someone called 911 to report that a tractor crashed through two walls in her home and started a fire.
 
When firefighters arrived, the family of three was safely out of the home and crews began evacuating nearby homes.
 
Firefighters found the tractor still running in the home, and began fighting the fire from outside after it spread to the home's attic.
 
According to the release, the running tractor broke free and crashed through a wall of a adjoining home where it got stuck again.

The captain of the crew fighting the fire from the backyard was able to shut off the tractor's fuel supply to shut it down.

Tucson police are investigating the theft of the equipment and Building Safety/Development Services has condemned the two homes involved because of extensive damage. No injuries were reported.

A family of three lived in the second home.

Red Cross is working with the two displaced families.

Tucson police investigators are asking anyone with any information to call 88-CRIME.

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