TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the Fire Marshal has released the official report regarding the fire on Saturday morning at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay, 502 N. Gilchrist Ave, as arson.
According to the report "Unknown subject(s) illegally entered and burglarized the listed property and set fire at four unassociated points causing major fire damage to two offices and moderate smoke damage throughout. Subject(s) fled undetected," TFR said.
According to the report, TFR said the damage is estimated to be $200,000; that’s in addition to the loss of life of three cats that were inside the building during the fire.
The Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay and the Silverback Peace Group have offered a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime, TFR said.