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Tampa, Florida -- Terri Romano wasn't quite sure what to do when she got the devastating phone call early in the morning.

"It was very, very scary," she said.

Romano works with the Tampa Animal Coalition. The phone call was from the company's security company letting her know the building was a victim of arson.

"It would have probably been close to impossible to put this back to together as quickly as we did without the donations," she said.

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Oak tree crashes onto mobile home in Seffner

Seffner, Florida -- A large oak tree took out part of a mobile home Friday afternoon and, thankfully, the resident inside was unharmed.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue units responded to the home on Alafara Street in Seffner to reports of a mobile home that received structural damage due to an oak tree that had fallen on top of it.

When they arrived, HCFR crews found the large oak tree on top of a shed and the bathroom area of the mobile home.

Crackdown: Fines on ride-sharing drivers

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa transportation enforcers are cracking down on the popular new ride sharing programs "Uber" and "Lyft."

Inspectors have handed out thousands of dollars in tickets to drivers who the Public Transportation Commission says are operating illegally. There's also concerns that users don't know who is behind the wheel.

"They're operating illegally, because they're violating all of our rules, every one of them," says PTC Director Kyle Cockream.

Tampa debuts new firefighting weapon

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Bay has a new firefighting weapon: The Patriot.

The Tractor Tug Patriot is one of very few tugboats in the U.S. with offshore open-ocean firefighting capabilities. Take a look at this, it can spray 12,500 gallons per minute and up to 400 feet.

And talk about power. It can fill an entire swimming pool in ONE minute.

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Fair Authority adds new security

Tampa, Florida -- Several security changes are coming to the Florida State Fair a year after nearly 100 youngsters stampeded during student day, and one teenager died trying to cross a highway after leaving the venue.

Among the changes will be 60 security cameras that will be used by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to watch for trouble. Last year deputies had only about 20 security cameras.

Le Meridien Hotel set to open in downtown Tampa

Tampa, Florida -- After 16 months of revamping, the old Federal Courthouse is now a 130-room boutique.

AKC all-breed dog shows kick off Thursday

Tampa, Florida -- Florida dogs and their owners will get their chance to strut their stuff at the annual all-breed dog shows Thursday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa.

Approximately 1,500 dogs will compete each day for the chance to win Best in Show.

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