Six apartments are a total loss today after a three-alarm fire this morning at the Harbour Walk Apartments in Tampa. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received a call at 11:25 a.m. about a fire at the apartments in Town 'N Country. The fire started on a porch of a second story apartment and spread via a common attic to the others, according to Nacole Revette of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Six apartments on the second floor were destroyed and a total of 14 apartments were damaged. The fire department is trying to contact the 19 residents of the complex on Sandstone Drive who would be affected by damage from the blaze, she said.
The Red Cross is at the scene to help residents left homeless or who have damaged apartments, she said. Firefighters were still working on the hot spots in midafternoon. More than 70 firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire, and it took firefighters more than an hour to extinguish it. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. However, investigators are leaning towards accidental, but they don't know if it was electrical or caused by something on the porch, Revette said. No injuries were reported. A bird and a dog were rescued from the fire. Firefighters were able to give the dog oxygen with a canine mask that was recently donated to the department. There was a fire at the same complex on Feb. 9. The fire, which was ruled accidental, was caused by an electrical outlet on the outside exterior wall of the first floor. There were no injuries.