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Fire crews battle 3 different blazes in Tampa

12:52 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Fire Rescue crews had their hands full Monday morning with three fires believed to have been started by an arsonist in the area southwest of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and N. Florida Avenue. 

Tampa Fire says the report of the first fire came in at 5:47 a.m. at 3809 N. Highland Avenue. When crews got to the scene the fire was fully involved, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze quickly and keep it from spreading to nearby homes.

While crews were at the scene of that fire, they noticed another fire at another home on the next street over at 6:26 a.m. Another crew was then dispatched to the home at 3810 N. Tampa Street.

While working that fire, Tampa Fire personnel saw another fire at 3802 Arlington Avenue, located down the street from the first fire.

As of right now, it seems the Highland Avenue location is the worst -- it's gutted and badly burned. Neighbors say it had been abandoned, but people had been squatting inside the house over the past several months.

The house on Arlington Avenue is about 50% gone, with heavy damage inside. The house on Tampa Street has some damage, but not nearly as much as the other two. No one was injured in any of the fires. 

All of the fires have been put out and the Arson Task Force, which includes the State of Florida Fire Marshal's Office, Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue, is currently working on the investigation.

10 News will have more on this story as soon as information becomes available.

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