TAMPA — Officials said an electrical malfunction led to a fire that destroyed the BiG and Deals Supercenter at N 40th Street and E Hillsborough Avenue on Monday night.
Tampa Fire Rescue was called to the store at 9:15 p.m. and additional crews were brought in after heavy smoke was reported, officials said.
All the store's employees were out of the building before the fire and no injuries had been reported, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said.
The fire started because of an electrical malfunction in a space between a dropped ceiling and roof in an area above the store's kitchen, officials said. The fire caused heavy smoke and a partial collapse of the roof.
Crews continued to battle the fire around 11 p.m., when it was upgraded to a three-alarm blaze. They pulled back from the fire out of concern a roof would collapse.
By Tuesday morning, all lanes in both directions on E Hillsborough Avenue around the intersection of N 40th Street were reopened, Tampa police reported, as were the southbound lanes of N 40th Street at E Hillsborough Avenue.
The northbound lanes of N 40th St at E Conover Street remained closed early Tuesday morning.
Officials said damage estimates are not avaiable at this time.