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Lightning Blamed in Apartment Fire That Displaces 20

Lightning struck the roof near the chimney, sparking the fire and causing about $50,000 in structural damage at the Stag Run Boulevard apartments.

Investigators say a lightning strike caused Saturday's fire at a Clearwater apartment building that left 20 people displaced.

Clearwater Fire and Rescue was called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday at 2550 Stag Run Blvd. Firefighters arrived minutes later, and it took them more than 40 minutes to put out the third-story blaze.

Investigators said lightning struck the roof near the chimney, sparking the fire and causing about $50,000 in structural damage. Two units were damaged from the fire, and six more from water and smoke.

The Red Cross provided assistance to residents who were displaced.

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