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Rincon Market, other businesses closed because of fire

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Tucson firefighters on top of the roof at the Rincon Market cut holes to try to vent a fire as flames shoot up from the inside. The Tucson Fire Department responded to the 2-alarm fire that was called in at 12:24 p.m. on Tuesday and had it under control appromimately 55 minutes later, according to Captain Barrett Baker.

The Rincon Market in midtown is closed because of a fire that broke out shortly after noon today.

Four other businesses at the location in the 2500 block of E. Sixth Street at North Tucson Boulevard were also evacuated because of the fire, which apparently started in the roof of the market.

Ron Abbott, owner of the Rincon Market, said he and his son noticed smoke coming from the roof area. He had his son call 911 as employees and customers were evacuated from the building.

He tried to look into the roof area but all he could see was smoke. He said it smelled like an electrical fire.

When fire crews arrived they cut holes in the roof and discovered the fire, which was putting out heavy smoke, said Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker.

The other businesses, including Bob Dobbs restaurant, two salons and a jewelry store were also evacuated.

The fire was brought under control in about an hour. No injuries were reported.

Because of the hot weather, a second alarm was issued to help with manpower issues, said Baker.

No cause has been determined; no damage estimate was available.

Abbott said the market was full with lunch-hour customers and employees when the fire broke out. He estimated about 80 customers were in the market along with 20 employees.

Abbott said he doesn't know when he will be able to re-open the business. He was awaiting an insurance adjuster. He said his cooler, produce area and seafood department were all fully stocked.

Sixth at Tucson Boulevard is shut down because of the fire incident.

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