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.