Officials are trying to determine what caused a three-alarm fire that destroyed 18 units at a Clearwater storage facility Monday night and led to the evacuation of about a dozen homes.
Fire crews were summoned to the facility at 1303 N. Myrtle Ave. just after 9 p.m. Monday. Fire crews “encountered heavy flames that were catching nearby trees on fire and sending embers toward houses located to the east of the business,” according to a news release from Clearwater Fire & Rescue.
Firefighters and police officers evacuated about a dozen homes as a precaution. Fire crews from Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Largo and Palm Harbor were called in to help battle the blaze, which damaged multiple storage units in addition to the 18 that were destroyed.
No injuries were reported.
Investigators from the city’s fire and police departments are working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office to determine a cause.