Fire at Lodge on the Desert

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An early morning fire broke out in the kitchen at Lodge on the Desert today, causing $100,000 in damage before fire crews brought it under control.

Tucson Fire Department Capt. Trish Tracy, a fire department spokeswoman, said a Tucson Police Department officer called in with reports of smoke coming from a window at the Lodge on the Desert at 306 N. Alvernon Way at 6:02 a.m. this morning. Fire crews arrived six minutes later to find smoke coming from the door and windows of the kitchen area. The blaze was brought under control in 24 minutes.

Tracy said the fire did not spread far thanks to an automatic extinguishing system above the kitchen’s cooking equipment. An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Tracy said neighbors told firefighters they had smelled smoke about an hour before police officers saw the smoke, but didn't call authorities because they didn't want to raise a false alarm. She encouraged residents to call 911 at the first indication of fire.

The restaurant at Lodge on the Desert reopened in November, marking the completion of a $15 million renovation at the resort. Calls to the business this afternoon were not immediately returned.

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