Fire displaces several families at the Harbour Walk apartment complex in Tampa

14 units damaged; 6 destroyed

TAMPA, Fla. - A fire destroyed multiple units at a Tampa apartment complex on Wednesday morning.  Many are now left without a home.

"It's all gone now, there's nothing," Angelique Vargas said through tears.

Ashes and debris are now what's left of the apartment Vargas once called home.  In a matter of minutes, several apartments in the Harbour Walk complex at 8302 Crystal Harbour Drive went up in flames.

Amateur video taken by neighbors showed how the flames shot up into the air.

In total, 14 units sustained damage and six were deemed a complete loss.

The fire first started in the unit where Vargas lives.

"The sliding glass doors bursted in. I saw nothing but gray and black smoke," she said.

Vargas said she was fast asleep when it first started. Her 19-year-old son woke her up just in the nick of time.

"You couldn't even take a breath in there. We just had to fly out and the only thing I grabbed was my bird," said Vargas.

Simon, a one-year-old blue nosed pitbull, had to wait a bit longer.

Simon's owner, John Medina, was at work and drive all the way from Brandon to make sure his dog was okay.

Firefighters were able to rescue Simon from the apartment. They gave him oxygen on scene. ABC Action News was there to witness Medina's emotional reunion with his pet.

"They saved my dog. These people are the best," Medina said.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

The cause remains under investigation, but is believed to be accidental.

This is the second fire at the Harbour Walk Apartments this year.  In February, a fired destroyed several units and displaced a total of 30 people.  That fire was caused by an electrical short.

Members of code enforcement are at the complex investigating the issue.

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