Gun range fire empties building - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Gun range fire empties building

Posted: Updated:
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Ladies night at the Florida Firearms Academy gun range on Hillsborough Avenue promises free range admission for women. But the Monday night special got cut short when a fire broke out. Customers hustled out when thick black smoke started billowing from the ceiling.

"We were on the pistol range and then within a matter of 60 seconds there was a lot of dense smoke coming in through the different ventilation shafts" said Gary Miller, who was shooting with his wife. 

Hillsborough firefighters could not attack the fire because of that black smoke, and had to wait for a special ventilation unit to arrive to clear the way. But the smoke wasn't all the hazards they faced.

"Absolutely dangerous because we do have a lot of ammunition, a lot of weapons in there. We have not heard any ammo going off, any bullets going off, but at this time it is a dangerous situation just because it is a gun range" said Ronnie Rivera of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Firefighters used water to put some of the fire out, the rest burned itself out. Investigators are concentrating their efforts on the attack area, where they believe the fire may have started.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Clearwater stabbing lands 2 in hospital

    Clearwater stabbing lands 2 in hospital

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:21:40 GMT
    A man and a woman are both at a hospital early Tuesday morning after an argument they had at the Regal Hotel in Clearwater, according to Clearwater Police.
    A man and a woman are both at a hospital early Tuesday morning after an argument they had at the Regal Hotel in Clearwater, according to Clearwater Police.
  • Adam Matos charged with 4 counts of murder in Hudson homicides

    Adam Matos charged with 4 counts of murder in Hudson homicides

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:38 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:38:38 GMT
    Adam Matos has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents in Hudson.
    Adam Matos has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents in Hudson.
  • Former Marine's computer damaged during trip to Tampa

    Former Marine's computer damaged during trip to Tampa

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:35:25 GMT
    Farina's computer arrived in this damaged package from UPS.Farina's computer arrived in this damaged package from UPS.
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.But that plan was stalled when his computer was damage while shipped from Camp Pendleton, California to Tampa.
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.But that plan was stalled when his computer was damage while shipped from Camp Pendleton, California to Tampa.
  • Lynchburg Voters League helps get more people registered

    Lynchburg Voters League helps get more people registered

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:54:39 GMT
    The Lynchburg Voters League and several local civic groups are helping citizens get registered to vote every Tuesday through October 7.
    The Lynchburg Voters League and several local civic groups are helping citizens get registered to vote every Tuesday through October 7.
  • What's News Today, Tuesday, September 16, 2015

    What's News Today

    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

  • CareerFest 2014 opens today at Salem Civic Center

    CareerFest 2014 opens today at Salem Civic Center

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:52:47 GMT
    Dress for success this morning as the 2014 CareerFest is Tuesday in Salem.
    Dress for success this morning as the 2014 CareerFest is Tuesday in Salem.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.