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Firefighters battle blaze in tourist town of Tombstone

Smoke and fire fills Tombstone sky
Smoke and fire fills Tombstone sky
AZ Central

Arizona firefighters battled a massive fire in the the tourist town of Tombstone yesterday afternoon. The town's citizens brought out hoses and helped firefighters prevent the blaze from burning their historic town down, AZ Central reported today.

Four fire departments arrived in Tombstone on Thursday at 4:15 pm to help with blaze. Huachuca City, St. David, and Whetstone assisted Tombstone with the scene.

The fire started yesterday afternoon at The Old West Studio restaurant and western re-enactment building. Fire investigators couldn't speculate what the cause of the fire was right away. The building has little electricity use. This isn't the first fire to occur at this location, the building formerly known as Six Gun City also caught on fire in 2010 and was later rebuilt. There was no official cause for that fire.

At this time it is unclear how the blaze started. No one was injured in the fire but one person was treated for smoke inhalation.

Tombstone, "the town too tough to die" is a historic western town located in Cochise County, Arizona. The city was founded in 1879 and was one of the last boomtowns in the old west. Today the town is best known for the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and it also attracts paranormal enthusiasts for its numerous ghostly tales.

For tourist information, visit the Tombstone Visitor's Center located at 383 East Allen Street or call 520-457-3929 for information.

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