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Fire crews face two-hour rush

By KEVIN GRAHAM
Published April 12, 2007


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TAMPA - An electrical fire near the Port of Tampa and a house fire just north of Ybor City capped a busy night for firefighters Tuesday.

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to five incidents in less than two hours.

Earlier in the evening, crews doused flames at two vacant houses and helped with a fuel spill after a semitrailer truck cab crashed on the 22nd Street Causeway.

No one was injured in any of the incidents, officials said.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Bill Wade said crews responded to Diversified Environmental Services, at 2350 Causeway Blvd. at the Port of Tampa, about 7:30 p.m. They found a small fire caused by a short in an electrical panel inside a warehouse. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

A short time later, at 7:49 p.m., firefighters put out a blaze at a home at 2801 N 15th St. That fire remained under investigation Wednesday.

Wade said arson investigators also are looking into fires at two vacant homes in Ybor City, at 2806 N 16th St. and 2801 N 16th St. Damages to both totaled about $6,000, Wade said.

Ybor City and Tampa Heights are often targets for arson because many properties in those neighborhoods are vacant, Wade said.

Anyone with information about the Ybor City fires can call Tampa Fire Rescue at (813) 274-7000.

[Last modified April 12, 2007, 06:32:15]


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