Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Fire puts out power

An abandoned building in the 1600 block of Marion Street erupted in fire about 10 p.m. Saturday, affecting a nearby TECO substation and setting off power outages in downtown, West Tampa and Ybor City.

"The fire burned through three main power lines that feed the substation," said Tampa police Officer Paul Madsen.

WFLA-Ch. 8 reported on its 11 p.m. newscast that it briefly lost power at its station at 905 Jackson St.

The vacant building has been known to house street people at times, said Lt. Eric Hall of the Tampa Fire Department. It was too hot for firefighters to search inside the building late Saturday, and it was not known whether anyone was inside the building.

One live 69,000-volt wire fell across Engine 1 of the fire department and energized the truck. No one was injured, but the engine was out of service until TECO cut the power to the line.

The cause of the blaze was unknown Saturday night.