Overnight fire destroys eight units in one building at the Enclave complex in St. Petersburg

Fire broke out just before 11:00 p.m.
Posted at 3:51 AM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 18:26:44-04

An overnight fire destroyed one building at a St. Petersburg apartment complex.

Firefighters responded just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday to a fire at the Enclave apartments, located just south of Gandy Boulevard off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

When crews arrived on scene they found flames shooting through the roof of building eight.

"The flames were sky high. There was some ammo going off," said Bobbie Clothier, a resident of building sixteen. "I'm not affected like they are but the Emotions are pretty high. It's sad. Everybody is losing everything over there."

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All the residents of building eight made it safely out of the burning structure and firefighters report no injuries.

Crews prevented the flames from spreading to other buildings or jumping to nearby vegetation and starting a brush fire.

Authorities say building eight is a total loss.

"It's structurally unsound. We will be unable to go into the building," said St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue District Chief Rob Nugent. "Part of the building has collapsed."

The Red Cross is assisting four of the affected families with a place to live. The remaining four families found their own accommodations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.