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Clearwater firefighter injured battling blaze at Top of the World condos

CLEARWATER — One firefighter was injured while battling a fire that destroyed the second-floor unit of a three-story condominium building on Monday evening, according to Clearwater Fire and Rescue.

The fire was reported at the Top of the World condominiums at 2427 Rhodesian Drive at 4:34 p.m.

It took firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the blaze. A Clearwater firefighter suffered minor injuries during the fire and was transported to a local hospital. Officials did not identify the firefighter or offer more details about the cause or extent of the injuries. No one else was injured in the fire, officials said.

One of the condos was "gutted" by the fire, according to Clearwater Fire and Rescue, and several others suffered smoke and water damage. The building did not have an automatic sprinkler system. Firefighters planned to spend several more hours monitoring the scene.

The Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents. Officials have not yet released what caused the fire.

Clearwater firefighter injured battling blaze at Top of the World condos 12/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 26, 2011 5:58pm]

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