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Report of fire evacuates downtown Tampa Hilton

Posted: 10:04 AM, Jan 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-05 12:56:34-05
Report of fire evacuates downtown Tampa Hilton
Report of fire evacuates downtown Tampa Hilton
The Hilton high-rise hotel in downtown Tampa was temporarily closed Tuesday so an alarm system could be repaired following a small electrical fire.
 
The fire was reported about 9:45 a.m., according to Tampa Fire Rescue.
 
A building engineer was heard multiple banging noises and a saw a flash after opening a second floor electrical panel, according to the fire marshal.
 
The engineer sprayed an extinguisher on the panel because parts of it were glowing inside and cable insulation was melting, creating a thick haze in the area.
 
The first three floors of the hotel were evacuated.
 
The 521-room building at 211 N. Tampa St. remained unoccupied until the fire alarm system could be reset, per the fire marshal’s orders.