Tampa Elementary School Fire May Be Linked to Power Restoration After Hurricane Irma

TAMPA, Fla (WKRG) — A fire has destroyed a Tampa elementary school in a neighborhood that had just had power restored after Hurricane Irma hit the state.

The fire at Lee Elementary Magnet School of World Studies and Technology was first reported Tuesday evening around 6:45 p.m.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said that the first firefighters to arrive quickly called in more units. More units responded, but the roof on the northeast side of the three-story brick building collapsed.

Penny said the fire didn't appear suspicious, but that it would be investigated. He said investigators were considering whether the fire could be linked to restoration of electrical power in the area.

The school had been closed this week because of the hurricane.

Read more information here from our sister station WFLA in Tampa.

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