TAMPA — It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out a three-alarm fire at a store in a West Tampa strip mall Friday, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.
The fire broke out at Bayside Scooters inside the La Teresita Supermercado at 3302 W Columbus Drive just before 12:30 p.m. Someone inside the scooter store was soldering a scooter when the fire broke out, said Henry Williams, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman. As firefighters worked, store owner Eddy Rodriguez hugged his mother Juana Rodriguez along a street behind the store, surrounded by other relatives and workers from nearby stores. The shop sits next to La Teresita Grocery. Rodriguez's wife said the scooter store was everything he had.
The fire was under control by 12:48 p.m., and no one was hurt, Williams said.