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Illegal Grilling on Apartment Balcony in Odessa Causes Two-Alarm Fire

By COREY DIERDORFF, Correspondent | December 26, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 123020105

Odessa, FL - On Saturday, December 26, 2020, Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to the Tuscano at Suncoast Apartment Complex for a reported fire. When firefighters arrived, they reported a three-story apartment complex with heavy fire and smoke coming from the second and third floors. The incident called for a second-alarm due to the fire load and the number of evacuations needed.

Command set up three divisions and started the evacuations of over 100 residents from 48 apartments. Thankfully, the residential sprinkler and alarm system activated, alerting residents to the fire. The system assisted Firefighters in knocking down the fire.

Hard work from Firefighters on the scene kept the fire from quickly spreading. In all, five apartments suffered fire and smoke damage. It took about 30 minutes to knock the fire down, and there were no injuries reported.

Pasco County Fire Rescue Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be from illegal grilling on a second-floor apartment's balcony. That fire extended to the third floor and into the roof of the apartment building.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.