Fire breaks out at Tampa apartment complex

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A fire broke out at a Tampa apartment complex Sunday morning, forcing some second-story residents to escape using a ladder and in one instance a bed sheet.

  • Fire happened at Regency Square Apartments
  • Fire ruled accidental
  • No injuries reported

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a fire in an apartment building at the Regency Square Apartments, 1406 Cartier Dr., at 9:30 a.m

Arriving units found heavy smoke coming from the north and west sides of the two-story, 24-unit apartment building.

Firefighters immediately began attacking the fire and the incident commander called for a second alarm because of the size and occupancy of the building.

All tenants from the affected building and the adjacent building were safely evacuated.

Fire officials say some tenants escaped from their second-story balcony using a personal escape ladder and in one instance a bed sheet tied to the railing.

Firefighters were able to quickly locate and extinguish the fire. The fire was under control by 9:50 a.m.

An investigator from the fire marshal’s office ruled the fire accidental. A tenant was cooking and stepped away during which time the fire started.

There were no injuries reported at the scene.

Bay News 9 – news

July 24, 2016 |
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