TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (WFLA) — A woman died after a fire ripped through a Temple Terrace apartment building early Sunday morning.
First responders were called to 11115 Normandy Place in The Park at Monument Terrace Apartments just before 3 a.m.
Nearby apartments were evacuated and the Temple Terrace Fire Department, with help from Hillsborough County and Tampa crews, started to fight the flames.
“I head out to look out the front window and I see blaze …just out. So I’m like hey, get out get out get out,” said Steven Rimmer, who safely escaped the fire on Sunday morning.
Officials say twelve apartments were affected, and many of those units were destroyed. Several displaced families are being assisted by the Red Cross.
“We have not been back, we have not been allowed in the apartment for some time. So I don’t know … I’m told the building is going so I don’t think there is anything left of ours,” Rimmer told News Channel 8.
The victim was identified as Tenecia Brannon, 28, of Tampa.
Brannon was visiting a friend’s apartment when the fire broke out. Others in the building were able to escape the flames, but Brannon died in the fire.
Her body was discovered Sunday afternoon by investigators.
“We’ve got some family come down, we have a place to stay for now. We’ve gotten some money from friends, the church and other places .. .And use that to rebuild, find another place …. That’s all we can do,” Rimmer continued.
Nadine Cine, another resident was not at home when the fire broke out. She came back to the scene on Sunday to assess the damage.
“Somebody notified me throughout the day that your apartment might be on fire, and I was like, what? I had to go to work. So I went to work and I was just coming here right now to see that the apartment is burnt. ”
But despite being displaced, Nadine tells News Channel 8 she feels fortunate to be alive.
“Life is…my life is okay. My mom is always there too so, we’re okay, so that is the most important thing to me.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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