An errant attempt to move a disco ball likely sparked the fire that broke out Wednesday night at a Ybor City club
The blaze at the Amphitheatre, a popular nightclub and concert venue, filled the Tampa neighborhood with heavy, black smoke as about 60 firefighters rushed to the scene. When fire units arrived, they saw flames shooting through the roof.
Tampa Fire Rescue officials believe that the fire started while a welder was trying to install a new bracket to relocate a disco ball. But the sparks ignited old fire retardant in the ceiling, the welder told firefighters.
The fire quickly spread. However, there were only three people in the building when the fire started. They all escaped safely, firefighters said, and the building was not open to the public at the time.
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