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Woman hospitalized, two dogs dead in Clearwater apartment fire

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A two alarm fire in Clearwater destroyed several apartment units and sent one woman to the hospital. Her two dogs died in the blaze. A two alarm fire in Clearwater destroyed several apartment units and sent one woman to the hospital. Her two dogs died in the blaze.
A two alarm fire destroyed several apartment units and sent one woman to the hospital.  Her two dogs died in the blaze.

It happened around midnight Thursday at the Bay Pointe Apartments located at 2770 Roosevelt Blvd. in Clearwater. 

Neighbors described their terror as the fire woke them up.

"I looked out my window and I could see an orange glow.  I was hearing glass break and a lot of it," said resident Kurt Ressler.

Ressler says several neighbors began using fire extinguishers to try to put out the flames before the Largo Fire Department arrived.

Related: Dog dies in Tampa house fire

Firefighters were able to put the fire out before it spread to additional apartments in the 16-unit building.  Eight of the units have either significant fire damage or water and smoke damage.  The complex manager is putting up the displaced residents in vacant units around the neighborhood.

The woman hospitalized for smoke inhalation lived in the bottom corner unit where the blaze began.

Investigators will return to the complex Friday to try to pinpoint the exact source of the fire.

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