Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Second fire in three months at Town 'N Country apartments displaces 20

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — A three-alarm fire Wednesday morning damaged 14 units — destroying six of them — at an apartment complex, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

It was the second fire in three months to have driven tenants from their homes at the Harbour Walk Tampa Apartments on Crystal Harbour Drive in Town 'N Country.

The latest fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Its cause remained under investigation.

Because some apartments in the complex share a common attic, the blaze spread to 14 units, said Fire Rescue spokeswoman Nacole Revette. About 20 people were displaced, but no injuries were reported.

A smoke alarm in the apartment where the fire started was working, and alerted an occupant sleeping on the couch, according to Fire Rescue. The tenants and a family bird escaped.

Firefighters rescued a dog found in a crate in one of the apartments. The crew gave the dog oxygen through a canine mask that had recently been donated to the department, according to Fire Rescue.

Six fire engines and three ladder trucks responded to the scene.

Another fire had been reported at the complex Feb. 9. At that time, eight apartments were destroyed, displacing 29 people.

The cause of that fire was an electrical problem with an outlet and it was ruled accidental, Revette said.

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