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TampaFireResQ posted this video with radio traffic from an August 11, 2000 fire at a large vacant building that, until earlier in the year, housed the Blue Ribbon Super Market fire in Ybor City. Here’s the description with the video:
This was the second major fire in Ybor City during the summer of 2000.
Raw video by TFR Video 1, Chuck Sutnick.
There is an interesting story about the building and this fire from the St. Petersburg Times:
Just after 4 p.m. Friday, architect Ken Kroger was on the phone to Austria, giving good news to the developer of a new Ybor City dance club. Building permits were clinched, he said, and they had closed on the $3.5-million renovation loan.
Power had been restored to the historic, brick building just half an hour earlier.
Then someone told him the building was on fire.
Sprinting two blocks from his office to the old Blue Ribbon Supermarket building on Seventh Avenue, Kroger saw the flames. He got developer Roland Penetsdorfer back on the phone.
“He thought it was a joke,” Kroger said. “They’re just in shock.”