Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Lightning sparks fire, displaces 20 from Clearwater apartment building

When lightning struck the roof of a Clearwater apartment complex over the weekend, it sparked a fire that displaced more than 20 people.

The fire on Saturday night caused extensive damage to a three-story apartment building at 2550 Stag Run Blvd., located off U.S. 19 near Sunset Point Road.

It took more than 15 fire units and more than 40 firefighters almost 40 minutes to put out the fire.

Two apartments were damaged by flames, and six more were damaged by water and smoke.

No one was hurt.

Among those displaced were Jeremy May and Amanda Erder, who initially didn't think there would be major damage at their apartment after the building's chimney was hit directly by lightning.

Erder was getting some clothes out of their closet when a firefighter told her she had to leave.

 
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