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Officials: Hermine hampers firefighters' efforts to battle Indian Shores condo fire

An Indian Shores police officer was hospitalized for smoke inhalation Friday morning during a fire at a three-story condo complex in Indian Shores.

Multiple crews were called to the fire around 7 a.m. at the fire at Salt Air condos, 18840 Gulf Blvd.

Windy conditions from Hurricane Hermine hampered firefighters' efforts and kept the blaze burning for about five hours, Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue chief Sal D'Angelo told 10News WTSP.

"The wind conditions are fueling the fire," D'Angelo said. "We also have some impediments to the building itself. We have storm shutters up on the units, which are not allowing us to put ground ladders on top of impact shutters and windows."

The unidentified police officer was treated for smoke inhalation and released, according to 10News WTSP.

Authorities have not ruled out lightning as a possible cause, 10News WTSP reported, an investigation is ongoing.

The fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage, according to 10News WTSP.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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