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Fire at a Fowler Avenue shooting range poses tricky challenge for Hillsborough firefighters

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue battled a blaze that started inside a shooting range for more than two and a half hours because the ammunition has made it too dangerous to go inside.

The owners of The Indoor Shooting Company at 9402 E. Fowler Avenue had already closed the business when the fire began near 7:30 p.m., said fire rescue Capt. Bruce Delk.

Ammunition rounds started to go off in the heat so the couple got out of the building and called for help, he said.

Firefighters used to unmanned nozzles to beat back the smoke and flames coming from the metal building the size of a double wide trailer.

Because of the compartmentalized layout of the building, crews could not enter the building to find the source of the fire, Delk said.

As of 10 p.m. the blaze was reduced to a smolder but 14 engines and 45 personnel remained on scene to make sure it was completely extinguished before investigators went in to determine a cause.

No firefighters were injured.

Fire at a Fowler Avenue shooting range poses tricky challenge for Hillsborough firefighters 08/25/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:29pm]
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