Forty-five firefighters managed to contain a three-alarm fire early Sunday that caused an estimated $1-million in damages to an agricultural warehouse in east Tampa. No one was injured in the fire that burned Agri-Supplies Inc., at 5409 E Henry Ave., but firefighters said they are investigating for arson. "There were several points of origin," said Capt. Craig Lynn of the Hillsborough County Fire Department. "It appears suspicious." State fire marshals investigating the fire could not be reached for comment Sunday. Most of the damage was to the warehouse's steel structure and its contents, which firefighters said included some chemicals. Firefighters were called to the scene at 11:09 p.m. Lynn said that he did not know exactly what time the fire was under control, but that most firefighters were back by 3:30 a.m. "I think they had the whole thing knocked down in a half-hour," Lynn said. "But there was so much work to do. There were pesticides involved." Capt. Joe Lazzara of the East Lake Fire Station, which was the first to dispatch firefighters, said he thinks the warehouse contained mostly animal food and "Class B" pesticides such as flea dips and foggers. "There was a potential there for being a very large conflagration," Lazzara said. "The crew had to force entry into the building. They fought the fire from the inside."Bedroom destroyed after child sets fire to mattress
ST. PETERSBURG _ A child playing with a cigarette lighter set fire to a mattress, causing a blaze that destroyed a second-floor bedroom and its contents in an apartment at the Jordan Park housing complex Sunday night. Acting Fire Lt. David Nolsheim said no one was injured in the 6:30 p.m. fire. The Red Cross found temporary housing for the five children and one adult who lived in the apartment at 1206 25th St. S, he said. The fire did not damage the apartment's roof or adjacent apartments.
_ Compiled from staff reports