Clearwater Firefighters Evacuate Homes as Storage Units Burn
A total of 18 storage units were destroyed and multiple other units were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
CLEARWATER – The cause of a fire that destroyed 18 storage units and prompted the evacuation of nearby homes is under investigation.
Clearwater Fire Rescue reported no injuries from the blaze. A total of 18 storage units were destroyed and multiple other units were damaged. Clearwater fire investigators and representatives of the state fire marshal’s office are on scene early this morning conducting an investigation.
Clearwater firefighters said they were called to a storage facility at 1401 N Myrtle Ave. about 9 p.m. Monday (July 13). First units on the scene encountered heavy flames that were catching nearby trees on fire and
sending embers toward houses located to the east of the business.
Firefighters, along with officers from the Clearwater Police Department, evacuated about a dozen homes as a precaution.
The fire quickly grew to three alarms and firefighters from Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Largo and Palm Harbor also responded.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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