Fire Rescue: Lightning cause of deadly Tampa apartment fire

4:35 PM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Hillsborough County Fire Rescue has reported it appears lightning was the cause of the fatal fire at Royal Parc Apartments Monday afternoon.

Authorities say the fire started in the kitchen ceiling of the second-story apartment and significant damage to the electrical system indicates it was lightning.

The investigator's report says it appears 58-year-old Lillie Joyce may have been sleeping at the time and likely woke up to her room filled with smoke. It also says the manual building alarm was never activated.

The exact cause of Joyce's death is pending an autopsy.

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