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Power restored day after fire

As TECO repairmen worked Sunday morning to restore power to the last 10 customers affected by a Saturday night fire, officials continued to investigate the cause of the blaze that briefly darkened downtown Tampa.

But officials did confirm Sunday that no one was inside the abandoned house at 1601 Marion St., said Tampa fire investigator Mike Gonzalez.

The two-story, wood frame building erupted in flames about 10 p.m. Saturday, burning a TECO transmission line and knocking out power to 5,000 customers downtown and in Ybor City, said TECO spokesman Mike Mahoney.

About 3,000 customers had power restored in 20 minutes and all but 10 customers had their power back by 1 a.m., Mahoney said. The last 10 customers had power by 7 a.m.

At the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, The Phantom of the Opera was interrupted for several minutes near the end of the program.

"I had about 10 people come up to me after the show who said they thought it was part of the show because there are so many things the Phantom does unexpectedly," said Sonya Trezevant, TBPAC public relations manager.

For the second time in a month, WFLA-Ch. 8 went black when the station lost power for about 6 minutes during the broadcast of "Eyewitness Video."

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