Arson suspected in fire at grocery on West Waters in Tampa

Flames and heavy smoke were coming through the roof when firefighters arrived
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Published Jun. 2, 2020|Updated Jun. 2, 2020

TAMPA — Arson is suspected in a fire that caused some $115,000 damage to the building and contests at Discount Food Meat Market, 1302 E Waters Ave., Tampa Fire-Rescue said.

Crews arrived about 3:50 a.m. Tuesday to find flames and heavy smoke coming through the roof of the single-story commercial structure. Firefighters entered the burning building but found no victims inside.

The fire was under control by 4:05 a.m.

The fire caused heavy fire damage to the northeast corner of the building and light smoke damage to the interior of the store. Evidence at the scene indicates arson was the cause, Fire-Rescue said.

Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (813) 274-7000 or use the anonymous tips page at