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Overnight fire engulfs Tucson construction site south of UA campus

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Fire engulfs the crane at The Mark, a private student housing project under construction on the northwest corner of Park Ave. and Broadway Road in Tucson on June 19, 2018. Photo taken from Manlove Street and Santa Rita Ave.

UPDATE: Fire rips through student housing construction site, causing $1 million in damages

A fire early Tuesday morning at a construction site along Broadway south of the University of Arizona campus kept Tucson Fire crews busy for hours, officials say.

Smoke was reported in the area of Broadway and Euclid Avenue about 2 a.m. and a fire at a construction site there quickly grew, Tucson fire officials said Tuesday.

The blaze was quickly upgraded to two alarms. Crews were still working on it later this morning.

The fire was so hot that parts of two construction cranes at the site melted, officials said.

Embers rain down from a fire at The Mark, a private student housing project under construction on the northwest corner of Park Ave. and Broadway Road in Tucson on June 19, 2018. Photo taken from Manlove Street and Santa Rita Ave.

Heat from the fire caused several trees to catch fire and melted windows in an apartment complex across the street from the site. Several cars parked in the lot were also damaged by heat, according to officials.

Tucson police and fire evacuated 30 people from the apartment complex and surrounding homes, but it's unclear how many will be displaced. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist any victims and no injuries were reported, officials said.

The fire is estimated to have caused more than $1 million in damages, authorities said. 


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