Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Lightning sparks fire, displaces 20 from Clearwater apartment building 07/24/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politica

    Blogs
  2. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

    Nation

    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  3. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General

    Crime

    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  4. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  5. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.