TUCSON POLICE OFFICER HELPS WOMAN AND HER DOG ESCAPE FIRE - A family of three was displaced by a house fire in the 4200 block of East Pima Street shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday. Before fire crews arrived, a TPD officer was driving in the area when he noticed the smoke and saw the only resident at home standing at the front door, trying to get the family dog, “Miss Molly.” They were able to get the pet and safely move away from the home. There were no injuries and the Red Cross responded to help the family. A 51-year-old male, 49-year-old female, and 16-year-old male were displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation and amount damage has not been determined. The house did not have working smoke alarms. Tucson Fire officials say more than half of residential fire deaths occur in fires that start between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. and having that early alarm notification can provide valuable time to get out safely. Read more from TFD Facebook page.
TRAFFIC ALERT: SIXTH AVENUE UNDERPASS CLOSED NEXT WEEK - Crews from the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will be performing maintenance work next week on the Sixth Avenue Underpass downtown to prepare the underpass for repainting. The underpass will be closed Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the closure, those traveling north on Sixth Avenue should detour west on Toole Avenue to either Seventh Avenue or Stone Avenue. Those traveling south on Sixth Avenue to downtown should detour west on Seventh Street to Seventh Avenue to access Toole Avenue. Read the the news release.
SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS CONTINUE TONIGHT AT ZOO - The Reid Park Zoo tonight continues its Summer Safari Nights. Enjoy the Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a series of themed nights featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, enrichment-making activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. The event runs every Friday, from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., through July 11. Tonight's theme is birds from around the world. It is also Father’s Day Appreciation Night, meaning dads get in free with a paid child admission.
2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday begins with gallery shows at 9 a.m. and entertainment later in the day. At 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. Visit 2nd Saturdays Downtown for the schedule.
CITY OF TUCSON IS REMOVING ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option. Watch a PSA about how the program works.