PHOTOS: Three fires in less than two hours kept Tampa Bay firefighters busy on July 4.
The Hillsborough County Fire Responded to a blaze on Soratrace Street in Fishhawk at about 9:45 p.m. and saw heavy smoke and flames shooting through the home. Crews set up a defensive attack to stop the fire from spreading to neighboring houses. Officials said at least one person was inside the home when the fire broke out, and was able to escape with two of his dogs. A third dog is still missing. No injuries were reported. “The occupant disposed of used fireworks believed to be out in a cardboard box in the garage, failing to extinguish them with water,” the fire department said in a news release. “Investigators believe the heat of the fireworks started the fire in the box, which rapidly spread throughout the garage and the home.”