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Abandoned Carefree studio catches on fire, arson investigation underway

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CAREFREE, Ariz. — An abandoned building in Carefree near where actor Dick Van Dyke once filmed his TV show has gone up in flames.

The old Woburn studio building was initially reported to be the very studio used by Van Dyke, but Rural Metro Fire Department’s Shawn Gilleland told KTAR that the building that caught fire early Sunday housed a studio for fashion shoots.

The studio where “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” was filmed has been torn down.

Van Dyke, an actor and comedian, lived in Arizona in the 1970s.

Investigators are trying to determine if the blaze was arson. The abandoned building showed evidence of squatters or local youth going in and out, according to Gilleland.

A passerby saw flames coming from of the roof of the building near Cave Creek and Pima roads sometime before 3:30 a.m. Sunday and notified authorities.

Firefighters from Scottsdale, Phoenix and Rural Metro Fire assisted Carefree crews for several hours in extinguishing the fire, according to Gilleland.

The brick building was for sale and slated for rezoning.

Officials say no buildings or homes nearby were damaged.

Several roads in the area had to be closed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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