Tucson house under construction since mid-1990s destroyed in fire

2013-07-15T09:41:00Z 2013-07-16T08:08:14Z Tucson house under construction since mid-1990s destroyed in fireBy Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 15, 2013 9:41 am  • 

A west-side house under construction since about the mid-1990s was destroyed in a fire Monday morning.

The fire forced the evacuation of several nearby residences, authorities said. No injuries were reported but fire crews were still at the scene as of just before noon today.

The Tucson Fire Department responded to the three-story home in the 800 block of West Green Street, near West 22nd Street and Interstate 10, at about 6:05 a.m.  said Capt. Barrett Baker, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman.

The fire department received several 911 calls from people reporting heavy black smoke in the area, with the smoke being seen from as far away as Rita Ranch, Baker said in a news release.

When firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, forcing crews to fight the blaze from the outside.

There were also concerns the house would collapse after units reported major cracks in the home’s walls.

It took firefighters almost 30 minutes to control the fire.

The home was under construction and, according to initial reports, no one was inside the house at the time of the fire.

Tucson Fire investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of the blaze.

The home has been under construction for years.

The owner of the property told the Star in 2009 that he had been working on the 8,000-square-foot structure since about 1995. He said then that he hoped to finish construction in a couple of years. He said he was working on it as time and money allowed.

Jose Herrera, who owns a roofing business, said he started building the structure to be his "dream home," but that money issues slowed its progress.

The house was profiled in the Star as a "Tucson Oddity."

 

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