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Lightning suspected as cause of at least three destructive Hillsborough fires

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Lightning suspected in three destructive fires

Lightning is suspected of causing at least three destructive fires in Tampa Wednesday night.

Eight families were displaced after a fire destroyed part of the Carrollwood Station Apartments on White Swan Drive, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. The fire was reported about 5 p.m., fire rescue said.

It took about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control and about an hour to completely put it out, they said. Eight unites were heavily damaged by smoke and are now uninhabitable.

In southeastern Hillsborough County, a mobile home was destroyed by fire on Highway 672. The fire completely engulfed the mobile home, fire rescue said, but the home's occupants were staying with relatives next door and no injuries were reported.

Since no hydrants were nearby, fire rescue units shuttled water to the scene and brought the fire under control within 20 minutes.

And at 130th Ave, rescue crews found a shed engulfed in flames. They brought it under control and no injuries were reported.

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