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Unattended incense stick causes midtown house fire

An incense stick left unattended caused a fire that destroyed a midtown Tucson guest house Wednesday evening. Several pets died in the fire.

Here is the news release from Capt. Barrett Baker, a spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department:

An incense stick left unattended started a fire that destroyed a guest house this evening in the 5300 block of East Willard. The person staying in the guest house had left the house with the incense stick burning in the corner of a room. The owner of the main house returned home after running an errand to find heavy smoke coming from the guest house. Multiple people had already called 9-1-1 at that point. The first engine company arrived on scene three minutes after being dispatched and reported heavy smoke coming from the guest house. They opened the door to the guest house to determine the source of the smoke and discovered a large fire in the room. Efforts were immediately taken to extinguish the blaze. A ladder crew cut a hole in the roof to reduce temperatures inside the home. This also improved visibility for the crew inside by allowing the smoke to escape. It took ten units and twenty-four firefighters eight minutes to bring the fire under control. There were no injuries to firefighters and Red Cross was not needed. Several animals perished in the fire, including one cat, one rabbit, and several mice. One cat is still missing and one cat was taken from the scene to a veterinary hospital by the owner.

Origin – Corner of room

Cause – Incense stick left unattended

Damages Estimate - $40,000

Dispatch Time - 6:05 P.M.

On-Scene Time - 6:08 P.M.

Under Control - 6:16 P.M.

Safety Message: Never leave burning incense unattended. If you have to leave or you're going to sleep and your incense is still burning, put it out. Keep both unlit and burning incense out of reach of children and pets. Innocent curiosity can lead to accidents and injuries.

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