Four units at Mar Plaza Apartments damaged in late night fire, investigators determine it was arson

TAMPA, Fla. - Four units at the Mar Plaza Apartments, an elderly affordable living complex, suffered significant fire, smoke and water damage in a fire late Sunday night.

Investigators say one of the residents intentionally set the blaze. There were no injuries.

Around 10:10 p.m. Tampa Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire at the apartment complex located at 4817 East Temple Heights Road. When they arrived they found heavy smoke coming from an upstairs unit in Building B.

Some firefighters began attacking the blaze while other crews worked to evacuate tenants.

It took about twenty minutes to bring the fire under control. Firefighters say the unit where the fire broke out suffered heavy fire, water and smoke damaged.

A neighboring upstairs apartment sustained significant smoke damage while two units directly below suffered water damage.

Tampa Fire Arson investigators determined there were two areas in one apartment where the fire originated. While being questioned, Kenneth Haskins, 58, said he was upset with the complex's management company.

He was charged with arson.

The American Red Cross is helping the affected tenants with a place to live.

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