Bomb squad called out to Tampa condo fire

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Police say they have called out the bomb squad "as a precaution" to a condominium fire.

Neighbors in the 4700 block of Michael Court were forced to evacuate their homes, as investigators were concerned about guns and possible explosives inside a condo.

Police first got a call from the Habana Park Condos on Tuesday afternoon, because there was water flowing from an upstairs unit, and they were concerned about the man inside.

When officers arrived, they say he refused to open the door. The resident then started a fire inside the unit.

Concerned about the flames spreading to other condos, police were about to force their way in when they heard gunshots. Later, officers said that the man shot himself in the head.

Other residents told police the man possibly could have other explosives or weapons inside, so the bomb squad and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were called in to secure the scene.

Right now, investigators are not calling what they found explosives, but they are checking out some objects.

The fire did not spread to any other units. There were no other injuries reported.

Police are still investigating what led this man to take his life.

"He was very quiet, kept to himself," said one neighbor. "[He was] very odd, but you never think anyone is going to do something crazy."

Neighbors are expected to remain out of their condos for a couple of more hours.

Police said they are familiar with the man who died.


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