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More than 50 displaced after Carrollwood apartment fire

 
More than 50 displaced after Carrollwood apartment fire
Posted June 9th, 2014 @ 4:34pm

CARROLLWOOD, Fla. (970 WFLA) – More than 50 people are displaced after flames ripped through an apartment building Monday in Carrollwood, according to Hillsborough Fire Rescue. And they say lightning is to blame for the blaze.

Firefighters say they were called to the Grande Oasis at Carrollwood apartments located at 8699 Key Royal Lane around 3:45 p.m.

Flames could be seen from the roof, along with thick smoke as multiple 911 calls were made for help.

HCFR says a second alarm was immediately called due to the size of the building and the probability of multiple people in the structure. Tampa fire rescue units were also called to assist. Deputies were also called to help evacuate residents.

Additional fire crews entered the building to not only fight flames, but also help rescue some dogs that were trapped, firefighters said. Everyone got out okay and firefighters said no rescue crews were injured either.

A Hillsborough County Fire Rescue investigator was also called to the scene, firefighters said, and he spoke to an apartment complex employee who saw lightning strike the building and flames then come from the roof. After a complete investigation and interviews, firefighters say the fire was in fact caused by a lightning strike. Officials say the estimated damages are over $800,000 and a total of 18 apartment units are damaged out of 24 from that building. Firefighters say 50 plus people are displaced.

The Red Cross is helping with food, shelter and clothing, HCFR said.

Photo Credit Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

 

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