Lightning Sparks Fire at Tampa Apartment

Lightning sparked a two-alarm fire at a Carrollwood apartment complex, causing heavy damage to 16 units and forcing an undetermined number of residents from their homes, reports The Tampa Tribune (

“Firefighters arrived and saw flames and smoke coming through the roof,” a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman said. “A second alarm was sent because of the size of the building and because there may have been a number of people who were trapped in the three-story building.”

With the help of the Hillsborough sheriff’s office, everyone was evacuated.

Firefighters entered the building and rescued two dogs. The fire was brought under control within an hour, he said.

The cause of the fire was lightning from a passing thunderstorm.

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