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Investigators: Electrical malfunction causes three-alarm fire at Tampa store

Fire 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. [Skip O'Rourke   |   Times]

Fire 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. [Skip O'Rourke | Times]

TAMPA — An electrical malfunction between a dropped ceiling and roof above the kitchen is the cause of a three-alarm fire at Big and Deals Supercenter at N 40th Street and E Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa on Monday night.

Fire investigators say the fire caused extensive smoke and fire damage and resulted in a partial roof collapse.

The cost estimate was not available, investigators said.

Firefighters were called to the store at 9:15 p.m. and additional crews were called after heavy smoke was reported, officials said.

No injuries were reported, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said.

Traffic was interrupted along E Hillsborough Avenue and N 40th Street until around 9 a.m.

Investigators: Electrical malfunction causes three-alarm fire at Tampa store 10/18/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:05pm]
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