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Fire at Clearwater retirement community damages apartments, displaces dozens

At least two dozen residents who live in the damaged building on the Regency Oaks campus were relocated to nearby hotels, the facility’s executive director said.
A fire broke out Tuesday in a residential building at the Regency Oaks retirement community in Clearwater, shown here in a Google Maps image. No injuries were reported but about 40 apartments were damaged and more than two dozen people were relocated to hotels, officials said.
A fire broke out Tuesday in a residential building at the Regency Oaks retirement community in Clearwater, shown here in a Google Maps image. No injuries were reported but about 40 apartments were damaged and more than two dozen people were relocated to hotels, officials said. [ Google ]
Published Jun. 8|Updated Jun. 8

CLEARWATER — A fire broke out at the Regency Oaks retirement community Tuesday, damaging at least 40 apartments and sending displaced residents to hotels, authorities said.

Clearwater Fire Rescue received a call at about 8:40 p.m. for a fire in the North Independent Living Building on the campus at 2751 Regency Oaks Blvd., said Division Chief John Klinefelter. Crews helped at least two dozen residents evacuate the building.

At least 40 apartments were damaged by smoke and water, Regency Oaks executive director Brant Spence said in a statement. No injuries were reported. The affected residents were moved to two nearby hotels.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday.

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