TAMPA — Three hours after a reported three-alarm fire in a Palm River warehouse, fire investigators entered a badly burned building to determine the cause of the blaze.
No one was inside Electrical Engineering Enterprises at 6115 Hartford St. at 3:41 p.m. Saturday when the fire was reported. More than 43 pieces of fire equipment attacked the flames, said interim Assistant Chief David Travis. Hoses doused the flames through holes in the roof and eventually got in through the front door.
Travis said the company recycles electrical transformers and had several different types of fuel, including oil and propane tanks, which caused explosions that sent black plumes of smoke into the skyline over the community.
Traffic into the area was shut down at 50th and Hartford streets, S 66th Street and Madison Avenue and several other entrances to the neighborhood.
The towering plumes of smoke could be seen for miles in eastern and southern Hillsborough County.