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Firefighters battle, extinguish fire at Tampa apartment building

Flames and smoke were seen coming out from the roof.

TAMPA, Fla. — Firefighters put out a fire at an apartment building in Tampa's Bayshore neighborhood that began at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

Crews were called to the Kansas Avenue Apartments on a report of smoke coming from the building's roof, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesperson Vivian McIlrath said.

No one was reportedly in the building when firefighters did an evacuation and two searches thereafter, said McIlrath, adding that there are no injuries reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but authorities believe it may have originated from the roof of the apartment.

Emergency crews initially shut down roads in the area, including South Carolina Avenue, but they are now open.

A view from the Sky 10 helicopter showed flames coming out of the top of the building, while a cloud of dark smoke rose above the area. 

McIlrath said firefighters are continuing to extinguish any fires on the roof from all angles. 

The American Red Cross is assisting residents in the five affected units, the fire department said.

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