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Dog, cat die in Tampa apartment fire

TAMPA — Firefighters battled an apartment fire this afternoon at the Silver Palms Apartments. All the residents got out safely, but a dog and a cat died in the fire, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue reported.

When firefighters arrived at the Silver Palms Apartments on E 131st Avenue, just west of the University of South Florida, they found heavy flames and smoke coming from the second floor.

They initially heard that two people were trapped inside the burning building, but firefighters searched the building and found that everyone had escaped, said Fire Rescue Division Chief Chris Reynolds.

However, a dog and cat succumbed to the flames, Fire Rescue reported.

The fire was extinguished in 45 minutes by 25 firefighters.

Due to the extensive damage of the building, everyone had to be evacuated, and about eight families received assistance from the American Red Cross, according the Chief Reynolds.

The apartment managers placed the families in vacant apartments.

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