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Ceiling Vent Fan Causes 4 Apartment Units To Burn Early Sunday Morning

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL. – Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received a 911 call for a structure fire at 5:24 am. on Sunday.

The caller stated a building at the Del Rio Apartments, located at 6603 N 50th Street in Tampa, had flames coming from the roof.

Crews arrived on the scene to find flames and smoke isolated to one structure that contained four units. The first crews on the scene made an interior attack while searching for residents inside the structure.

A primary and secondary search was conducted, and no victims were found. Crews continued with the offensive (interior) fire attack until completely extinguished.

A resident told investigators that at around 4 am, he heard a pop and saw flames in his light-fan combination unit in the bathroom.

He extinguished the fire with water and went to bed. Shortly after, his smoke alarms woke him, and he saw smoke coming from the ceiling vents and evacuated.

All four units in building 6603 will be deemed a total loss. No injuries were noted from residents or firefighters.

The Central Florida American Red Cross was contacted and will be assisting the five adults and four children affected with shelter, food, and clothing.

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