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Tampa assisted living facility residents evacuated for second time in four days due to fire

Covering Hillsborough County
Posted at 10:02 AM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-22 14:50:47-05

Residents of a Tampa assisted living facility were evacuated Tuesday morning for the second time in four days thanks to two separate fires.

Residents of the Colonial Assisted Living Facility on 17th St. were forced to leave the building at about 7 a.m. because of the fire. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived to find smoke coming from the roof and they called for a full alarm response.

Authorities say a small fire in the attic space above the kitchen appeared to be electrical in nature and was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire is unknown.

A HART bus arrived to take the residents to alternate facilities.

HCFR also responded to a fire at this facility late Saturday night, February 19. The fire Saturday started in a resident's closet and appears accidental; the cause of Saturday's fire is also still under investigation.

Due to the location of the fire over the kitchen, Colonial ALF will be closed until Code Enforcement reviews the repairs and clears the facility to reopen.

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