Fire Marshal Investigates Cause of Tampa Apartment Fire
A woman and a puppy were treated for smoke inhalation.
TAMPA – A woman and a puppy suffered smoke inhalation during a fire Saturday (July 11) at a Tampa apartment complex, the Tampa Fire Rescue Department said.
There were no other injuries. Some residents – it is unclear how many – who were left homeless were being helped by the American Red Cross.
Tampa firefighters said they were called to 8725 N 50th St. about 10:40 a.m. for a structure fire.
When they arrived, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the southeast corner of the two-story masonry apartment structure. The structure comprises four upstairs and downstairs units.
A wooden staircase leading to the east side upper unit was in flames and unusable so firefighters had to enter the apartment by using a ladder to get to a second story window to fight the blaze. Aerial units were also set up to fight the fire.
All residents were able to safely evacuate. According to witnesses at the scene, two men helped evacuate the residents before firefighters arrived, likely further and more severe injuries.
Paramedics treated one resident, an adult woman, at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. They also treated a pit bull puppy who had been overcome by smoke but was resuscitated.
Firefighters had the fire under control by about 11:55 a.m. An investigator from the fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.
PHOTO IS SCREEN GRAB FROM VIDEO OF THE SCENE. COURTESY OF TAMPA FIRE RESCUE.
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