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 Fire at the Chase Suite Hotel in Tampa Causes Estimated
 $1 million in Damages; No Injuries

By Neil Johnson, Tampa Tribune, Fla.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

June 13, 2010 --TAMPA -- About 50 guests were evacuated from their rooms as a fire swept through a building this morning at a Rocky Point hotel.

There were no injuries, Tampa Fire Rescue Lt. Tamera Kemp said.

The fire started about 7:30 a.m. at the Chase Suite Hotel at 3075 Rocky Point Drive in one of the hotel's eight-unit buildings. It took firefighters about 35 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Kemp did not know if all 16 units in the building were occupied, Kemp said. Firefighters evacuated the building on fire and those around it.

Four units in the building were damaged by smoke and fire and two more had water damage, she said. The rest were not damaged.

She estimated the fire cost more than $1 million in damage.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire. Kemp said it appears to have started in a common area between two units.

It got into the attic and spread from there, she said.

Hotel guest Victor Diaz, who was evacuated but was not an occupant of the building that caught fire, said the evacuation was orderly.

"It wasn't chaotic or anything like that," he said.

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