The very famous Alessi Bakery is now temporarily closed after it caught fire Monday night. Alessia the Tampa Bakery located on West Cypress Street caught fire just before 9 p.m. when firefighters were called to a structure fire. Thankfully, no one was in the building when it was on fire. After looking around, Tampa Fire Rescue identified that the fire was sparked near an outside refrigerator and freezer. Both of those are in the back area of the bakery. Everyone is very lucky that no customers or employees were injured during the fire. It looks like the fire could have happened at anytime, even during their open hours for the restaurant.

How firefighters extinguished the fire:

In order to fight the fire, firefighters had to deployed their hose lines. They eventually extinguished the fire, preventing it from spreading to the other side of the bakery. No one was inside the bakery at the time of the fire so no one was injured. They were able to extinguish the fire and get it under control. The Tampa Fire Marshal’s office is currently investigating the cause of the fire. Alessi has a sign posted saying that it’s temporarily closed. So if you’re looking to place an order for a wedding cake or fresh food you won’t be able to for a while.

Alessi Bakery has been in the Tampa Bay area since 1912, making it one of the few historic restaurant establishments. Nicolo Alessi who arrived in Tampa after living in Italy used to deliver the fresh Italian and Cuban bread on horse and wagon. Nicolo’s son John Alessi, continued his father’s tradition of baking, receiving multiple awards for his cake decorating. The restaurant has been passed down in the family for a long time. They later opened a 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility making high quality baked goods and specialty items everyone loves.


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