TAMPA, Fla. -- Two Tampa firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting a two-alarm fire at a strip center Saturday morning.
Crews responded to a call about smoke coming from one of the businesses at the strip mall at 2202 W. Waters Avenue at around 2:45am. When they got there, they noticed smoke coming from a business' roof.
Crews fought the fire with water and foam until it was declared under control at around 6:15am.
Two firefighters were injured in the fire and taken to a nearby hospital. Another was treated and returned to the scene.
Ricardo Webb was working inside his restaurant on the other end of the building when he says he smelled smoke. Webb, who owns the Blue Island Jamaican restaurant, told 10News he was working late to keep up with an increase in catering orders because of the holidays, which are his busiest time of year.
Now he doesn't know what he'll do.
"How am I going to pay my bills, how am I going to take care of my family," Webb said. "That’s what’s going through my head right now.”
Webb's business sustained serious smoke damage, he said.
"I just got to think positive right now," Webb said. "The greatest thing is nobody got hurt."
The fire started in the attic above L.A. Nail Supply, and caused major damage to several units and smoke throughout the strip center. The cause of the fire is unknown.
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