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Fire destroys building at old Thunderbird Motor Hotel property in Arlington 
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Fire destroys building at old Thunderbird Motor Hotel property in Arlington 

Fire destroys building at old Thunderbird Motor Hotel property in Arlington 

Fire destroys building at old Thunderbird Motor Hotel property in Arlington 

The state fire marshal is investigating the source and cause of a massive fire at the old Thunderbird Motor Hotel property on the Arlington Expressway. Wednesday’s fire created a powerful orange glow that could be seen for miles. 

Thunderbird was once a popular hangout in the 60’s and 70’s.  No one was injured in the fire. 

VIDEO: Fire destroys Arlington building

In January the Jacksonville Daily Record reported a South Florida ownership group announced plans to redevelop the 18-acre property into apartments, hotels and retail including a restaurant. 






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