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St. Pete couple jumps from 2nd story to escape large fire

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (WFLA) - Three people in St. Petersburg lost everything in a large fire Wednesday morning that forced a couple to jump from their second floor apartment. 

A detached two-story apartment building caught fire behind a 100-year-old home on 12th Street North, according to district fire chief Steve Girk. 

Girk said neighbors saw flames, then woke a woman on the first floor and a couple who lives upstairs. 

He said the couple was trapped and unable to escape through the front door, so they were forced to jump from the back balcony. 

"There's no doubt in my mind that the Samaritans that witnessed this fire of this magnitude had a direct impact on saving their lives,” Girk said. 

The couple lost track of their dog while escaping but firefighters found it alive in the second floor, according to Girk. 

He said two cats are still missing from the first floor apartment but firefighters are still searching for the cats.

Girk said fire investigators are working to determine what caused the fire. 

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