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Rooming house fire in V.M. Ybor area displaces five

TAMPA - An electrical fire at a two-story rooming house in the V.M. Ybor neighborhood forced the evacuation of a family of three and two other men late Tuesday. Tampa Fire Rescue said it was called to 1023 E. 19th Ave. at 11:47 p.m. The family, described as a man, woman and girl, were on the second floor when the fire began and had to escape through a smoke-filled room, Tampa Fire Rescue said. They were taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The men, who lived in two of the rooms, reported no injuries. The residents will be displaced because of the fire damage and will be staying with relatives, Tampa Fire Rescue said. About 30 firefighters and nine rescue units got the blaze under control within 30 minutes, the agency said. A fire marshal's investigator noted that the structure did not have functioning smoke detectors. The investigator cited an electrical issue as the fire's cause. Damage to the wood-framed building was estimated at $35,000.
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