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Fire breaks out in Aloft Tampa Midtown Hotel laundry room

The sprinkler system helped isolate the fire in the Midtown Tampa hotel, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.
Tampa Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire at Aloft Hotel Midtown at
3650 Midtown Drive about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire was caused by a drier in the second-floor laundry room. The hotel was evacuated and no one was injured.
Tampa Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire at Aloft Hotel Midtown at 3650 Midtown Drive about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire was caused by a drier in the second-floor laundry room. The hotel was evacuated and no one was injured. [ Tampa Fire Rescue ]
Published Feb. 28
Updated Mar. 2

TAMPA — Aloft Tampa Midtown Hotel was evacuated Saturday night after a dryer caught fire, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Firefighters arrived about 8:30 p.m. at the six-story hotel at 3650 Midtown Drive to investigate a report of a fire. The hotel is located in the Midtown Tampa development near N Dale Mabry Highway and W Cypress Street.

They found the source of the fire just one floor above them: A dryer in the second-floor laundry room had caught fire.

The hotel was evacuated and no one was injured, according to fire officials. The automatic sprinkler system was activated and helped contain the fire. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.

The fire was deemed accidental by a fire marshal. However, Tampa Fire Rescue did not say when guests were allowed back inside.

A postal carrier delivers envelopes to the new Midtown Aloft and Element hotel off N Dale Mabry Highway on Feb. 3 in Tampa. The unique structure contains two independent hotels which share common bar, lounge and pool areas.
A postal carrier delivers envelopes to the new Midtown Aloft and Element hotel off N Dale Mabry Highway on Feb. 3 in Tampa. The unique structure contains two independent hotels which share common bar, lounge and pool areas. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]