ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — At least four families are displaced after an overnight fire in Saint Petersburg.
Flames raced through the Enclave condo complex on North Martin Luther King Street just before 11 Thursday night.
Fire crews responded to a 2-alarm fire and multiple units were called in to assist. When crews arrived they noticed heavy fire and smoke on the second floor and flames were coming through the roof and attic.
“One of our main concerns given what we’ve been experiencing with the drought here is there is a wooded area behind here so in addition to keep the fire from spreading to an adjacent structure, our folks were battling the idea of it getting into the brush behind it, now developing a wildland fire so we had our hands full tonight,” said Michael Domante, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Fire Marshal.
Eight units are a total loss, seven of them were occupied. At least four families are displaced and the Red Cross is helping them.
Everyone was able to make it out on time but many lost everything they had.
“I was sleeping and I woke up to the smell of smoke and the fire detectors going off and I thought what the heck what going on. I got up and the whole house was full of smoke. Grabbed my purse. Wish to God I would have grabbed my cell phone and got out of the building,” said resident Anne Pete.
While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, crews tell us one of the reason it spread so quickly was because the apartment is made mostly of wood.
“That, and then you have the combustible materials inside, so a lot of that, once the roof burned off the fire and oxygen so the fire could breathe and burn just like a campfire, but this is just in a much larger scale,” says St. Pete Fire-Rescue Lt. Steven Lawrence.
A GoFundMe page was started by neighbors to help. You can donate by visiting this link: gf.me/u/dt3tc
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