Flames erupt from the three-story house, which had been under construction since the mid-1990s. The house, easily visible from Interstate 10, was vacant at the time of Monday's fire. The Arizona Daily Star profiled it as a "Tucson Oddity" in 2009.


A fire Monday destroyed a west-side home that had been under construction since the mid-1990s. The three-story, white house with blue trim, which could be seen from Interstate 10, was being built by a local businessman.

Tucson firefighters were called to the fire at about 6 a.m., said Capt. Barrett Baker, a department spokesman.

When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, forcing crews to fight the blaze from the outside. It took firefighters almost 30 minutes to control the fire.

Investigators were working to determine the fire's cause. The house, which was vacant and still under construction, is likely to be a total loss, although a damage estimate was not available. Fire officials called in heavy equipment operators to knock down the structure.

The house at 840 W. Green St., near West 22nd Street and I-10, was profiled by the Star as a Tucson Oddity in 2009. The owner said then he had been working on the 8,000-square-foot home since about 1995. Jose Herrera, who owns a roofing company, said at the time that he worked on the house when he had money.

He couldn't be reached Monday for comment.

On StarNet: From a giant tiki head to a pink rhino, view photos of Tucson oddities at azstarnet.com/gallery

Contact Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com