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Fire caused by lightning strike damages eight apartments in North Tampa

Eight units at an apartment complex off University Club Drive in North Tampa burst into flames Wednesday morning after a bolt of lightning struck the roof.

Just before noon, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived and doused the building in the 12700 block of University Club Drive with water, bringing the flames under control a short time later.

The residents were displaced because the units flooded and the roof collapsed, spewing debris across the floors and rendering the rooms uninhabitable, Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Coy said.

Officials from the Hillsborough County emergency management and code enforcement as well as the American Red Cross were assisting residents. Even though the apartment complex is near capacity, its employees were working with agencies to locate vacant units, Coy said.

During the fire, University Club Drive was closed at E 131st Avenue. There were no injuries.

Fire caused by lightning strike damages eight apartments in North Tampa 07/16/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:12pm]
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