Fiery hit-and-run crash caused $800G damage, police say

Firefighters shoot water into an intense structure fire ignited by a hit-and-run crash on a Havoline Express Lube.

(Tampa Fire Department)

An intense structure fire ignited by a weekend hit-and-run crash in Tampa caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, officials said.

Tampa fire department responded to several early morning calls of a structure fire in a building which housed a Havoline Express Lube on Saturday. Upon arrival, firefighters found the building almost completely engulfed by flames.

The Tampa Bay Reporter said firefighters were unable to enter the building and, only after almost 2 hours in the fight of the flames, they were able to get the fire under control.

As soon as they were inside the building, they determined there were no occupants.

Fire investigators determined the fire was caused when a vehicle crashed into the structure and the ignition of the combustible and flammable liquids inside, FOX 13 reported.

The fire caused more than $800,000 in damage, officials said.

Officials said that the vehicle of the driver and any passengers fled the scene. Because of the extensive damage to the vehicle, the researchers were unable to determine whether the brand or model.

The Tampa Fire Marshall’s Office asks anyone with information about the incident to call (813) 274-7000.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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