2 residents saved from Tampa apartment fire by neighbors, car dealership employees

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Two people were rescued from a Tampa apartment fire by car dealership employees and neighbors on Monday.

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the fire at the Parkview Apartments, located at 10981 Brittany Lane, around 4:55 p.m.

Crews found heavy smoke and tall flames coming from two apartments on the north end of the two-story building.

Employees from the two nearby auto dealerships and neighbors rushed to assist the two residents from the second story apartment, using a ladder one of the neighbors had placed under the window.

One of the employees is a former volunteer firefighter.

The two residents were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

A firefighter suffered a minor lower body injury at the scene and was also taken to a hospital.
The fire was under control by 5:45 p.m.

The Red Cross was notified that 10 adult residents were displaced due to the fire.

Investigators’ preliminary findings say the incident was caused by a kitchen fire in the downstairs unit that quickly spread. It is believed to be accidental.

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