Construction site fire in Tucson results in $8-10 million in damages

Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 at 4:15 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The large fire at the student housing construction site in midtown Tucson this week resulted in $8-10 million in damages, according to officials.

The Tucson Fire Department said the cause of the fire, which happened early in the morning on Tuesday, June 19, is still under investigation.

The TFD said the ATF and Tucson Police Department are assisting in the investigation.

"With the help of a K9 unit, a black Labrador named Springs, several samples were sent to the lab for testing," the TFD said in a news release. "TFD and TPD will continue to work together, with the ATF providing assistance as needed."

While the fire caused massive damage, no one was seriously hurt.

The blaze was so hot and bright, it lit up the morning sky and melted cars in a parking lot next door.

Nearly 30 people were forced out of their homes because of a two-alarm fire that also caused the closure of two major streets near the University of Arizona.

Heat and flames caused visible damage to the smaller of two cranes on the site, electrical lines and windows of nearby homes.

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