By Rick Wiley, Arizona Daily Star:
Public records reveal it took South Tucson firefighters 23 minutes before asking for help in fighting a blaze that devastated Micha’s Mexican Restaurant two weeks ago.
The decision by the short-staffed fire department, experienced firefighters said, is the primary reason the fire was able to spread through the popular restaurant.
As a general rule, experts say an uncontrolled fire doubles in size every minute it burns. By the time the assistance call was made, the fire had burned from the kitchen through the roof, the Star has learned.
It was an alarm company that initially called the city of Tucson’s 911 dispatch system shortly before 10 p.m. on March 14, records show. Tucson handles the fire dispatching for the South Tucson department.
The call did not report a structure fire, instead, only reporting that a fire alarm had been triggered at the family owned eatery at 2908 S. Fourth Ave.
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Image: Tucson Fire Department.