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Hillsborough firefighters extinguish Westshore condo fire

All residents were safely evacuated from the Villa Sonoma Condominiums at International Plaza after a fire broke out Saturday morning.
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Published Jan. 11
Updated Jan. 11

TAMPA — Tampa firefighters snuffed out a fire Saturday morning that forced the evacuation of a condominium complex in the Westshore area, near Tampa International Airport.

The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. at the Villa Sonoma Condominiums at International Plaza, located at 4221 W Spruce St., a Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman said. No one was injured by the blaze.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene were greeted by thick plumes of smoke and flames leaping through the roof of the south end of the lengthy, four-story condominium building.

Once inside, firefighters couldn’t find any signs of fire damage in any of the units — even those directly below the flames. Investigators said the fire appears to have started in the building’s attic, in a narrow gap between an interior wall and the building’s facade. Crews flooded the small air space with water, and Tampa Fire Rescue said the blaze was under control by 1 p.m.

Saturday afternoon, workers with the American Red Cross were on the condominium grounds, working with the fire marshal and complex’s property manager to determine how many residents will be displaced. Investigators estimated that between four and 12 apartments were damaged, primarily by smoke and water. They were still working to determine the fire’s cause.

The fire marshal will determine when power can be restored to the building and residents are allowed to return.

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