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Fire at elderly living facility in Tampa affects 4 families

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - The American Red Cross crews are helping four families at an elderly affordable living facility in Tampa with living accommodations after a fire at one unit in the complex damaged a few apartments, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. One of the residents told the authorities he was upset with the management company, according to the Tampa Fire Marshal investigation.

TFR crews responded to the reports of fire at the Mar Plaza Apartments at 4817 E. Temple Heights Road in Tampa about 10 p.m. Sunday. When the crews arrived they found smoke coming from an upstairs unit in Building B of the two-story living complex.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes. The crews evacuated the tenants of the total of 28 units. Most of the tenants were able to go back to their apartments after the fire.

The apartment where the fire had originated from sustained significant smoke, fire and water damage. The unit upstairs and the two units under the apartment were damaged as well. The American Red Cross will help the four tenants affected by the fire with housing.

According to TFR, about 40 firefighters worked on this fire; there are no reported injuries. After Tampa Fire Marshal investigation, authorities arrested Kenneth Haskins, 58. They charged him with arson based on his statements and theevidencee they found at the scene.
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