Condo fire sends police officer to hospital

The nasty weather could be the reason why five families are without their home on Indian Shores Beach.

A fire broke out at the Salt Air condos on Gulf Boulevard just before 7  a.m. Friday.

Officials are working to determine whether or not a lightning strike may be to blame.

It took crews nearly 3 hours to put out this fire at the Salt Air condo complex.

They say the wind made it nearly impossible.

Flames overtook the building early Friday morning on Indian Shores.

There were five condos total destroyed but all those inside were able to make it out safely thanks to a police officer who was first on scene notifying everyone home.

That officer though wasn’t so lucky, he was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

“Wind conditions are truly dictating how this is being fought,” says Chief Sal D’Angelo, Suncoast Fire Department.

Multiple agencies worked to put the fire out, but the wind, officials say, was not helping.

“With the wind conditions it was fueling the fire,’ says D’Angelo.

The State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate what started the fire since there is estimated to be more than $1 million worth of damage.


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