Lightning strike starts fire at Largo apartment building

Firefighters responded to the blaze just before 8 a.m. at the Bel Harbour Apartments located at 500 Belcher Rd.

A Lightning strike started a fire at a Largo apartment complex Monday morning.

LARGO, FL (WFLA) – A lightning strike is believed to have caused a fire at a Largo apartment building on Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the blaze just before 8 a.m. at the Bel Harbour Apartments located at 500 Belcher Rd. The first call came in at 7:45 a.m., according to Largo Fire Dist. Chief Kelly Callahan. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the roof of the outside staircase. The fire spread into the attic space of the upstairs apartment.

At least 15 residents were evacuated. Two of the eight units have severe damage. Residents in the six other units should be able to go back in their homes on Monday. An investigator at the scene said the fire was started by a lightning strike. Photos show a large hole over an apartment balcony that may have been where the lightning struck. No injuries were reported.

The fire is the second incident involving a lightning strike in less than one week. On Friday morning, a man was struck and killed by lightning while walking on a Largo sidewalk.

Related: Man killed by lightning in Largo

No other details have been released.

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