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More than a dozen displaced by Tampa apartment fire

An overnight fire in Tampa has displaced 15 to 17 people from their apartment homes along the Hillsborough River near Temple Terrace, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

Fire rescue crews responded to 3821 River Vista Lane at around 3 a.m. Saturday to find heavy flames coming through the roof of an apartment building. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in an hour with the use of an aerial truck, but were still putting out hot spots as late as 6 a.m., Fire Rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera said.

A total of eight apartments were damaged by the fire. All of the residents in the affected units, including four or five children, were able to escape without injury, and no firefighters were injured, Rivera said.

Most of the residents were woken up by the smell of smoke or by firefighters forcing open their doors, Rivera said. Some of the residents said their smoke alarms had failed to go off, Rivera said.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, which started in the building’s attic, Rivera said.

Red Cross and Office of Emergency Management officials are helping the displaced residents.

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