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Ybor City cigar shop, jazz club back in business after Amphitheatre fire

April 14, 2016

Before the club next door burned and water flooded their Ybor City cigar shop, the Ogando family was already dealing with a far greater tragedy. Marya Ogando, a co-owner of Nicahabana Cigars on Seventh Avenue, died of cancer at age 51 on April 5.

The next day, the Amphitheatre night club next door caught fire. Firefighters doused the blaze for more than six hours. Most of the businesses were open within a day or two. But the businesses on either side of the Amphitheatre — Nicahabana and the Ybor City Jazz House — took longer as they grappled with water or smoke damage. The Ogandos reopened Saturday. The Jazz House is expected to reopen tonight. Read more from Tampabay.com.