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Vacant South Tampa apartment fire ruled arson

TAMPA — A two-alarm fire in a vacant South Tampa apartment Wednesday morning has been ruled arson.

The fire started at about 5 a.m., at the Southbay Apartments, 5909 S Dale Mabry Highway, said Capt. Bill Wade, Tampa Fire Rescue. Rescuers had it under control in about a half hour. No injuries were reported.

Investigators from the Tampa Fire Marshals Office said the fire was intentionally set in an upstairs unit. Four units were heavily damaged, Wade said.

Southbound Dale Mabry at Wisconsin Avenue was closed until about 7 a.m.

An investigation continues.

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Vacant South Tampa apartment fire ruled arson 07/29/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 3:14pm]

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