Whiskey Row fire likely caused by kitchen appliance


by Steve Bodinet


Posted on May 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Investigators believe they know what caused the fire that broke out on Prescott’s historic Whiskey Row Tuesday night. 

Officials said on Wednesday that the blaze was most likely started by an appliance in Pearls Place Café’s kitchen. 

Tuesday night’s fire was tackled by every firefighter in Prescott, and it took around two hours to get the flames under control.

The blaze caused an estimated $3 million to $5 million in damage, ruining the Bird Cage Saloon, Larry and Hy’s Bare Bones BBQ, and the Prescott Food Store.

All three businesses are hoping to be back up and running by the middle of the summer.

The day after the fire, residents were still trying to come to grips with the damage done to the town’s popular attraction.

“The town is mourning today. It’s a tremendous tourist attraction. People come from all over the world,” Bruce Taylor remarked.

Despite the damage, the majority of Whiskey Row is in good shape and open for business.

“They’re welcome to come up. I’m sure a lot of people have seen all the coverage. I’m sure everybody’s wondering and they want to know if Whiskey Row is still there, yes it is,” Capt. Jeff Knotek of the Prescott Fire Department said.

Tuesday’s fire isn’t the first time that Whiskey Row has been damaged by flames. A massive blaze on July 14, 1900 took out the entire block.