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International Plaza still feels fire's effects

Damage was contained to the electrical room, but the outage closed 28 stores.

By Times Staff Writer
Published August 26, 2005

TAMPA - More than two dozen stores remained closed Thursday at International Plaza mall in Tampa after a fire Tuesday in an electrical room knocked out power to the mall.

The mall reopened Wednesday.

The remaining 28 stores are expected to reopen sometime today, but probably won't be ready to open first thing in the morning, said mall spokeswoman Elizabeth Freid.

The stores, which are between Nordstrom and Robb & Stucky Furniture and Design Studio, are California Pizza Kitchen, Todai Restaurant, Jessica McClintock, Journeys, FranklinCovey, Quiksilver Boardriders Club, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Tony Bijoux, Body Shop, Sharper Image, Oakley, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Bakers, Brookstone, Monkey Gear, Pea in the Pod, LensCrafters, Jos. A. Bank, J. Jill, Arden B., Adrienne Vittadini, Aldo, Ocean Drive, Betsy Johnson, Abercrombie & Fitch, J. Crew, Talbots and L'Occitane.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined but mall officials believe it may have been sparked by a lightning strike, Freid said.

The damage caused by the fire was contained to the electrical room. The mall was evacuated after the fire, but no injuries were reported, she said.

[Last modified August 26, 2005, 01:35:09]

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