TAMPA, Fla. – A lightning strike is to blame for an attic fire at an apartment in Tampa.
On Monday afternoon, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue (HCFR) responded to a reported structure fire at 2021 Blue Rock Drive in Tampa.
A 911 call came into HCFR’s dispatch center at 4:53 PM Monday from a first-party caller reporting smoke coming from the eaves of one side of the building. HCFR’s Engine 5 was first on the scene, reporting a light haze of smoke from the roof of the structure.
Crews the apartment they believed to be below the fire and immediately used an attic ladder through a scuttle hole to find the fire in the affected apartment.
Firefighters looking in the attic then counted trusses to the location of the fire and pulled the ceiling at the suspected spot, revealing the blaze in the attic. According to officials, they next used pressurized water extinguishers to extinguish the fire.
Their “water can” use effectively put the fire out while significantly limiting water damage to the residence. Crews pulled more of the ceiling around the fire to check for fire extension. They also used thermal imaging cameras to verify there were no other hot spots in the attic.
Primary and secondary searches were conducted to confirm no occupants were in the building. There were no injuries to civilians or first responders.