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After third fire at former Ybor City bathhouse, arrest is made

TAMPA — A 46-year-old man was arrested Friday and accused of setting fire to a vacant Ybor City bathhouse hit by arson at least two other times earlier this year.

Two Tampa police officers spotted smoke from the vacant building at 1512 E Eighth Ave. around 2:30 a.m. Tampa Fire Rescue was summoned and firefighters extinguished the flames shortly after arriving.

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Later, police said Carroll DeMoss was found inside the building. Firefighters also determined that arson was the cause of the fire.

DeMoss faces charges of second-degree arson and burglary causing more than $10,000 damage. He was being held Friday without bail in the Hillsborough County jail.

Investigators estimate this latest fire caused about $3,000 in damages to the building formerly known as the Ybor Resort & Spa, once a popular gay bathhouse. The first fire in March caused about $100,000 in damages, and there was a second one a week later.

Police never made an arrest in either of those cases. It was unclear Friday whether police believe DeMoss is linked to ether fire.

Contact Sara DiNatale at [email protected] Follow @sara_dinatale.

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