ST. PETERSBURG -- Flames quickly
spread above her unit after a fire broke out inside her
neighbor's place around 2:30am.
Vicky said she was
watching her grandchildren overnight. Everyone was asleep
when her son came home and started banging on the door. -
Vicky Cole returned to what's left of her apartment at the
Enclave at Sabal Pointe condo complex in St. Petersburg as
the sun came up on Sunday.
"You can look outside from inside of the house," Vicky said.
"The inside is water damaged, there's smoke - soot - dirt.
We just have to start over and we don't know where were
gonna stay and the next couple of days what it's gonna be."
"He noticed the smoke as he was driving up and he came over
and alerted the neighbors next door where the fire actually
started," Vicky recalled. "Everyone just got out and then we
came downstairs and started knocking on all the other
St. Pete Fire Rescue
responded to the call. Thankfully everyone made it out
safely and no one was hurt.
Vicky said her neighbors who lived in the unit where the
fire started were a husband and wife with three small
"They lost everything," Vicky said. "We were able to salvage
some stuff but they lost like everything."
American Red Cross teams were on site and will provide
funds, resources, and places to stay for Vicky, her
neighbors, and another family downstairs. The cause of the
fire is still under investigation.
As of late Sunday morning, the complex had yet to contact
impacted residents about their options moving forward.