Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Fire investigators say they have determined the cause of a fire that destroyed two Seminole Heights businesses overnight.
Domani Bistro and Lounge was demolished by an early morning fire that investigators say was due to an electrical malfunction in the restaurant's walk-in freezer. The fire started around 2 a.m. and it took about 60 firefighters two hours to get it under control.
People in the Seminole Heights community describe Domani Bistro and Lounge as an upscale Italian restaurant that has only been open for about two years.
Neighboring business owners like Isaac Sebadduka frequented Domani and said that he is in disbelief.
"There were about 15 to 20 employees, but not anymore," said Sebadduka.
On a Facebook post, Domani owner Brian Bosco wrote "Worst night of my life. Just got home from watching my restaurant burned to the ground."
A furniture store called A Modern Line, which specialized in antique furniture, was also heavily damaged. Tampa Fire Rescue tells 10 News that because of the smoke, fire and water damage, chances are not much can be salvaged from the store.
After being shut down for several hours, North Florida Avenue is back open and running.
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