Firefighters battle flames at Ybor Resort and Spa for second time in a week

YBOR CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Firefighters say they have contained a fire at a bathhouse in Ybor City.

The flames broke out early Saturday morning at the former Ybor Resort and Spa on East 8th Avenue, which used to be a gay spa.

This is the second fire at the building in a week. Last weekend, investigators said a suspect or suspects got into the building and set several fires before leaving. That arson caused about $100,000 worth of damage.

Fire officials said Saturday morning it was tough to get to the fire because of how close it is to other buildings, but the flames did not spread.

Firefighters did not send crews inside the building due to safety concerns about the structure.

The building was heavily damaged by smoke and water.

“I don’t know what happened last night. Hopefully if it was arson, they hopefully will get the guy. I mean, psycho.” said Marcy Alberdi, who with her husband owns A.J. Arango Inc, a customs broker business inside the building.

“It’s an utter disaster inside. Our business is going to be interrupted. Uprooted. I don’t even know how they’re going to even function in the next few months. It’s just horrible,” Alberdi added.

There are no injuries reported at this point, and firefighters say the building was empty at the time. People in a building nearby did have to be evacuated.

News Channel 8 has a crew at the scene of the fire, and will bring you any new updates as soon as we get them.


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