EARLY MORNING BUILDING FIRE EXTINGUISHED BY FIREFIGHTERS WHO FACED ADDITIONAL HAZARDS - A fire reported just before 5 a.m. engulfed a midtown building, which is now condemned. Fire crews responded to TD's Showclub on East Speedway Boulevard, east of North Craycroft Road, after numerous callers to 9-1-1 reported heavy smoke coming from the building, which was closed at the time. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker says there was near zero visibility when firefighters arrived and there were multiple wires hanging from a drop ceiling, a major safety issue which can entangle firefighters. The ladder crew went to the roof and cut a hole in it to allow the smoke to escape, while also increasing the visibility inside the building. It took seventeen minutes to control the fire and there were no injuries. Baker says the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation and the building is closed for an extended period of time. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Fire Department Facebook page.
RODEO PARADE TOMORROW - Tomorrow marks the 89th year of the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. Organizers say there will be about 200 floats on display, and thousands of people are expected to watch the non-mechanized parade. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Road. If you want a good viewing location, you should arrive early and bring a chair, plenty of water and sunscreen. The Rodeo Parade is the official kickoff for the Tucson Rodeo, also known as La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Competition actually began last weekend and continues through Sunday at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. At approximately 8 a.m., Ajo Way between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park Avenue between Ajo Way and Irvington Road, and Irvington Road between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed. All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m. Access to the Veterans Administration Hospital will be provided on Veterans Boulevard at Sixth Avenue during the street closures for the parade. Read more from Tucson News Now.
SENIOR OLYMPICS DRAWS ATHLETES IN TUCSON - Powerlifting is about more than a competition for athletes over the age of 50. They were part of the recent Senior Olympics in Tucson. Tucson 12 caught up with some of the athletes during their training sessions. Watch the video from Tucson 12.
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HOW TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.