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Firefighters knock out St. Petersburg condominium roof fire

ST. PETERSBURG — Firefighters have knocked out the roof fire that broke out late Friday afternoon at the Five Towns Condominium complex at 54th Avenue N near Park Street, according to the Lealman Special Fire Control District.

"The fire was contained to the roof of the building," said Capt. Jim Millican. "The roof was on fire but not any of the actual apartments."

There were no injuries reported. More than four dozen residents who were evacuated when the fire was reported about 5 p.m. were let back into their apartments. The exception were the residents of the two units directly below the area of the roof that caught fire.

The fire was reported in the area of a unit located at 5750 80th St. N, which is on the north side of the complex.

Flames could be seen on the flat roof of the three-story building. Firefighters used a ladder truck to put hoses over the fire to get it under control before the flames could threaten the rest of the building. The fire was out in about 10 minutes, Millican said.

Roofers were working on the roof hours earlier, Millican said, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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