Lightning suspected cause of small fire at Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Authorities say lightning may have sparked a small apartment fire early Thursday.

The smoke alarm went off before 5 a.m. at 9407 Semmes St. N, Unit B, awakening Charles Post as his apartment filled with smoke. Post, 65, could not extinguish the small fire in the living area, and he left the building without injury, said Capt. Bill Wade, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman.

Although the cause is still under investigation, a fire investigator said he couldn't rule out lightning, based on the damages to the home.

The fire was contained to one unit in the duplex, and it was under control in about 10 minutes. Damage was estimated at about $10,000, Wade said.

Lightning suspected cause of small fire at Tampa apartment 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:12am]

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