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Origin of two brush fires unknown

By Times Staff Writer
Published April 19, 2004

TAMPA - Crews battled two brush fires simultaneously in different parts of the city Sunday afternoon, said Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Bill Wade.

About 4:15 p.m., firefighters went to a brush fire near Interbay and Manhattan avenues. Ten minutes later, another crew was called to Fair Oaks Avenue and West Shore Boulevard.

Wade said it took an hour to extinguish the fire at Interbay and Manhattan. He didn't know Sunday night how that blaze started or how far the fire had spread.

The brush fire at Fair Oaks and West Shore burned for nearly three hours behind the Georgetown Apartments, he said, consuming 15 acres.

"The wind was in the fire crews' favor," he said. "The wind was pushing the fire away from the apartments."

Investigators weren't sure how that fire started, either, Wade said, but they were looking for the two men who called to report it.

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