Fire in Tombstone's historic districtPosted: Updated:
The city of Tombstone is known for it's gun fights, especially the one at the O.K. Corral. But just around the corner, an over night fire left a well known restaurant up in smoke.
"I saw total devastation"
A popular restaurant, 6 Gun City, used to sit In what is now a pile of ash, barely recognizable to its owner.
"All we can do is rebuild, take everything down and start from scratch," said owner Mike Carrafa.
Around 3:30 Wednesday morning owner Mike Carrafa heard the phone ring at his house. It was the sheriff's office.
"I turned around to look out the kitchen window and saw something ablaze and when he answered i said is it me and he said yeah."
Fire fighters say is going to be hard to determine what caused it.
"It's gonna be a while before we know as you can see there was a lot of damange done and its very sever and hard to get in there," said Tombstone Fire Chief Jesse Grassman.
Fire fighters say when they arrived the building was fully engulfed so their man mission became saving the rest of the historic district that surrounds the building and they ended up using about 50,000 gallons of water to do so.
Water was still being used on the smoldering embers inside the 5,000 foot building Wednesday afternoon. While the 6 Gun City restaurant and bar featured gun fights and entertainment for tourists, it was a local hangout for a lot of the residents, and a place to work for others.
"The worst part of the whole thing is 35 people are out of work right before christmas," said Bill Pakinis.
Owner Mike Carrafa stood alone in the ash that used to be his second home. Wondering what went wrong
"It's devastating for me and my family and my employees and the people that loved coming here," said Carrafa. "We were one of the major attractions in Tombstone and now we no longer exist."
Fire investigators from 3 different towns around Tombstone are helping with the investigation. They say the damage is so bad they can't even come up with any initial ideas of what started the fire.