LIDO KEY, Fla. - The Lido Regency Condominium in Sarasota was evacuated after an unoccupied apartment caught fire Tuesday morning, according to Sarasota County Fire crews.
Officials say apartment 12B was being used as a meth lab, and held oxygen tanks, compressed gas tanks along with unidentified chemicals.
Fire officials responded to the complex, located at 1700 Ben Franklin Drive, at 8:30, and a hazmat team was brought in to remove a badly damaged compressed air tank. It could have exploded.
All 13 floors, some 40 tenants, were evacuated, and residents were taken to a nearby Holiday Inn.
Eight firefighters were taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and treated for possible exposure to the chemicals.
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