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Crews tackle apartment fire in Bartow

Polk County firefighters from three departments and emergency workers from four other departments battled an apartment building fire Saturday night. The blaze was under control by 9 p.m. There were no injuries, officials said. There were fears people might have been trapped because firefighters were only able to search four of the apartments, officials said. They could not search the other four units because the fire had rendered the structure unstable. The fire was in a building at the Azalea Gardens Apartment Complex, 1050 Golfview Ave. in Bartow. The initial call came in shortly before 7 p.m., and mutual aid for the Bartow Fire Department was called in a short time later.
County officials said that about 35 firefighters, paramedics and other emergency responders were called out to the fire, including personnel with the Polk County Fire Rescue, the Mulberry Fire Department, the Polk County Emergency Management, the Polk County Emergency Medical Services and the Fort Meade Fire Department. Bartow police officers were also on the scene. How many people lived in the building was unknown, but apartment managers said all eight apartments were occupied. An adjacent eight-unit building was evacuated as a precaution. The Polk County chapter of the American Red Cross sent volunteers to the fire and were assisting people find short-term lodging.
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