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Residents displaced after fire at St. Pete apartment building

ST. PETERSBURG — Two adults and two children were displaced from their homes after a fire broke out at an apartment building Thursday afternoon.

Crews from St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue were called to 628 88th Ave. N, Apt. 7 shortly before 3:30 p.m.

"It looks like it started in the bedroom," said Lt. Joel Granata, the fire department spokesman. "We saw the fire from three blocks away."

Fire investigators determined a lamp fell from a nightstand and ignited bedding material, Granata said.

It is unclear if anyone was inside the apartment at the time the blaze broke out. A resident in Apartment 8, 28-year-old Randy Banks, tried to use an extinguisher to fight the flames, which spread to a common attic, but was unsuccessful.

Firefighters had the fire out just before 4 p.m.

"We pulled the ceiling down and were able to cut it off," Granata said.

Damage were estimated at $60,000. Apartment 7, where the fire started, appears to be a total loss, Granata said. A woman and two children lived there.

Apartment 8 sustained smoke and water damage. It is not known if there were working smoking alarms in the apartment.

The Red Cross is assisting the residents.

Residents displaced after fire at St. Pete apartment building 09/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 7:45pm]
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