CLEARWATER, Fla. - Firefighters in Clearwater say severe weather may be to blame for a fire at an apartment complex. The Cameron Lakes Apartments, located at 2550 Stag Run Boulevard, caught fire just after 8 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters tell ABC Action News it took 40 of them almost 40 minutes to put out the blaze. We're told eight units were damaged, leaving 20 people without homes.
James Curry and his girlfriend are convinced mother nature started it. They say just moments after the storm began, the fire started soon after. Curry's girlfriend said, "We saw the lightning strike really bad. We heard a real bad clap of thunder."
The couple was about to watch a movie, then got out when they heard the commotion. Curry said, "We smelled the smoke and I heard the neighbors yell fire then we just went out there to check it out and saw flames coming from the third floor of the building there."
Curry can stay in his place, but is wary about the weather. He and his girlfriend have only lived there for a month. Curry's girlfriend said, "We had flood damage that's why we moved here from. That's why we had to evacuate our last home in Holiday and we were kind of like I think it's time to get renters insurance."
The Red Cross is providing assistance to people who need it. Firefighters say no one was injured.