Hard Rock casino parking garage fire caused by mechanical problem

TAMPA — It wasn't an unhappy gambler or sore loser who caused the fire in the parking garage of Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Monday.

It was an 1989 Chevy pickup, officials say.

The fire that destroyed four vehicles and damaged two more started at about 5:30 p.m. when the truck's owner tried to start her vehicle. The second time she attempted to start the engine she noticed smoke, said Seminole Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner.

She ran for security and by the time they returned, the truck was engulfed in flames.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded and estimates losses at about $65,000.

Hard Rock casino parking garage fire caused by mechanical problem 10/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:06pm]

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