WATCH: Florida sporting goods store goes up in flames after protests turn violent

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – First responders were on the scene of a Champs Sports store across from University Square Mall that had been set on fire Saturday night.

The store was reported on fire by the Tampa Police Department around 12:45 a.m.

Tampa police say Fowler Avenue has been closed from 30th Street to 15th Street.

Just across the street, deputies say roughly 300 people were protesting within the mall’s parking lot. Some even attempted to loot stores.

News Channel 8’s Marco Villarreal was on the scene and said people were seen carrying shoeboxes out of the burning store. Boxes were also seen scattered across the parking lot in front of the store.


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