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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 3, 1999
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A university employee called police Monday morning after a small fire in the Animal Care laboratory burned one staff member, police reports stated.

UAPD received a call at 9:27 a.m. and the dispatch operator overheard people screaming "get out" in the background, reports stated.

Police met the three employees in the hallway outside the charred lab, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Officers noticed water flowing from under the doors of the lab and an employee told police the room contained several hazardous materials. She told police she "did not know if they had leaked during the fire," reports stated.

Police evacuated people from the first and second floors of the building.

One research technician was working in the lab that morning and told police she was using a Bunsen burner to sterilize a pair of tweezers. Another employee next to her was filling up a glass container with alcohol at the same table, reports stated.

The employee singed her arm on the burner's flame, causing her to drop the container of alcohol. The container broke and spread across the table to a larger alcohol container, reports stated.

The employees ran out of the room and one staff member grabbed a fire extinguisher, putting the flames out, reports stated. The emergency-sprinkler system came on just after the fire was extinguished, reports stated.

The Tucson Fire Department, along with UA Risk Management and Facilities Management, came to check the safety of the laboratory.

TFD officials checked the area and the air quality and later allowed people back into the building, reports stated.

The injured staff member sustained a minor burn and there was "no visible damage to her skin," reports stated.

Employees told police the water from the sprinklers caused more damaged than the fire. The estimated cost of the damage was unknown.

Police arrested a student and her fiancé on suspicion of theft and frauds Monday afternoon after they admitted to creating a Zone One parking permit, police reports stated.

An officer went to Parking and Transportation Service, 888 N. Euclid Ave., at 11:49 a.m., and spoke with the appeals supervisor.

She told the officer a fake Zone One permit had been found inside a Ford Mustang. The car, which was booted, belonged to Christina T. Guttuso, 21, reports stated.

The employee told police Guttuso was sitting in the office lobby waiting to find out why her car was booted. She showed police the suspicious permit and photographs of the permit inside the car.

The worker also told the officer the permit's serial number matched up to another student's permit, reports stated.

Guttuso, of the 3000 block of North Country Club Road, told police she and her fiancé, Ignacio Guerrero, 25, decided to make the permit so she would not have to walk "a long distance everyday to school," reports stated.

Guttuso said a friend of hers, also a student, agreed to lend his permit in order to create the fake Zone One permit, reports stated.

Guerrero told police he was the one to come up with the idea, saying because he was a graphic artist, he thought it would be "easy" to create a replica of the permit, reports stated.

He said he took the Zone One permit, scanned it to a computer disk and took it to a local printing shop where a friend of his agreed to make the permit, reports stated.

Guerrero told police he and Guttuso paid "$25 to $30" for the permit, reports stated.

Guerrero was arrested on suspicion of fraud, reports stated. Guttuso was arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft. Police took the two to UAPD for processing and then to Pima County Jail where they were released by pre-trial services, reports stated.

Police officers requested UAPD detectives follow up on the involvement of the student who supplied the original permit and the printing company, reports stated.

A student called police Monday afternoon after he discovered that more than $1,100 in items were stolen from his car, police reports stated.

The Coronado dorm resident told police he parked his maroon Volvo at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in a Zone One lot north of Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St.

When the student returned to his car Monday at 4 p.m., his vehicle registration, $800 in compact disks and a set of $350 golf clubs were missing, police reports stated.

The student told police the lock on the driver's side door was difficult to work, reports stated. He told police he believed one or more suspects entered the car that way.

Police did not check the car for fingerprints because the officer was unsure of "the exact point of entry into the car," reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.