Tampa fire investigators are seeking the public’s help and offering a reward for information into the cause of a fire at a northeast Tampa home this morning.
Tampa Fire Rescue units were dispatched at 6:30 a.m. to 9214 N. Hyaleah Road, north of Busch Boulevard and less than a mile east of Busch Gardens.
Fire crews found heavy smoke and flames consuming more than half of the single-story house.
Investigators say the fire originated from a bedroom that was vacant for remodeling, and the home was unsecured at the time of the fire.
The fire, which caused major damage to the roof and attic and resulted in $48,000 in damage, was under control in about a half-hour. Tampa Fire Rescue said.
An initial search by firefighters determined no occupants were inside the home, and no injuries were reported.
Anyone with information can report an anonymous tip online at the City of Tampa’s Fire Marshal website, or call (813) 274-7000. Rewards of up to $2,500 or more are available for information leading to the identification of arson suspects.