North Lakeland apartment building total loss after fire, all residents safe

Polk County
Dozens left homeless after fire rips through Lakeland apartments

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – The Lakeland Fire Department was on scene of an apartment fire in north Lakeland on Monday.

All 24 units in one of the buildings at Arbor Glen Apartments, located at 4950 Deep Forrest Court, were evacuated.

The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. and was contained just before 9 p.m. Upon successfully evacuating residents, crews began the search for the source of the smoke and found fire in the attic on the south side of the building. 

A spokesperson for Lakeland Fire told News Channel 8 the fire was likely sparked by something electrical but the cause is still under investigation. 

No injuries were reported in the fire, but there are concerns about residents’ pets.

The building is a total loss.

Kamran Payne lived on the top floor of the affected building and says he was home at the time the fire broke out. He got out with just the clothes on his back and fears everything else he owns may be gone. 

“I went outside, there was just more fire on top of the building,” he said. “I’ll be living a more minimalist lifestyle now, on account of all my things being gone.” 

Polk County Fire Rescue assisted Lakeland Fire in their efforts to extinguish the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the residents. 

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