Two taken to hospital after apartment blaze
Two people were taken to the hospital Monday morning after a blaze that left a Clearwater apartment uninhabitable. More than 20 rescue units responded at 10:18 a.m. to a report of a fire at an apartment building at 311 Arcturas Ave. Upon their arrival, firefighters said, all of the residents were outside the building, where they and neighbors watched smoke rise from the scorched roof. It took fire crews 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. A 60-year-old man from the unit where the fire started and a 47-year-old woman from an adjacent unit were taken to the hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhalation.
Fire destroys condo, displaces three people
Three people were displaced after a fire destroyed a condo early Monday. The fire was reported at 2087 Edgewater Drive about 12:30 a.m., according to a city news release. Flames had consumed the roof of the condo and were reaching about 15 feet into the air when firefighters arrived, the release said. The fire took about 30 minutes to put out. The residents were outside when officials arrived, and no one was hurt. The cost of the damage had not been determined Monday morning. The fire is believed to have started in the attic of the two-story condo, and the cause remains under investigation. Two of the people displaced lived in the unit where the fire started. The third lived in an adjoining unit that also was damaged.