Several families displaced following fire at Tampa condo

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A group of families was fortunate to safely escape their condominiums early Monday morning after a fire ripped through their four-unit building in Temple Terrace.

The fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. at the Oak Bridge Run Condominiums off of N. 58th Street, destroying all four units.

"I have two kids and I'm seven months pregnant," said Erika Williams whose family lives in one of the condos that burned down. "You work hard for your stuff and then it's gone, just like that."

Only about 20 feet separate the building that caught fire from the one next to it, where David Hurd lives. He said the sound of banging and shouting woke him up.

At first Hurd thought someone was throwing a party.

"Those sounds I heard, some partying, those were people screaming, 'get out, there's a fire!' And pounding on people's doors," he explained. "I looked out my window and I saw flames shooting up about 20 feet in the air."

 

Investigators have not yet released a cause of the fire, but an owner who lost his condo told FOX 13 his next door neighbor left a candle burning too long.

Hurd said Monday was his wife's birthday and she spent much of the morning terrified her condominium was going to catch fire.

"I'd say within a half hour all four were going and that's why she was freaking out because she saw it getting worse," he said. "They're pumping water on the first one, meanwhile the second was is catching, third one is catching, fourth one is catching."

Everyone safely made it out of the burning condos homes, but without much more than the clothes they were wearing and the few items they could grab on the way out.

"My college diploma, some of my kids' pictures, a couple pair of shoes and my robe and what I had on," she said. "We got to start over...we don't have anything. We got to start from scratch."

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.

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