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A condominium building in Vero Beach on the barrier island was evacuated Thursday for a fire. The Southwinds condominium complex is located in the 2200 block of North Southwinds Boulevard. According to the fire chief, the building had 15 apartments. Two were occupied at the time. A third of the homes are damaged. Stay informed: WPBF 25 News local coverage Resident Sandy Cirone said she heard a loud bang on Thursday afternoon, then saw and smelled thick smoke billowing from the compound. “It was just solid smoke, I could barely see the buildings, but I could see all the fire hoses and water,” she said. Fire officials confirm the strong bang was lightning which struck the building and started the blaze. Within minutes, Chief Richard Marini says all residents were evacuated and no injuries were reported. Share with us: Upload your photos and videos via uLocal “They did well, the others are up north. At this time of year there is very little occupancy in the building,” Marini said, adding that the design of the condo also played a role. contribute to the minimization of losses. “The way the condo was built, there is a concrete cover on the third floor to keep the fire from progressing.” The chief says the three-story building suffered extensive water damage and residents will not be allowed to return until it is deemed safe.

A condominium building in Vero Beach on the barrier island was evacuated Thursday for a fire.

The Southwinds condominium complex is located in the 2200 block of North Southwinds Boulevard.

According to the fire chief, the building had 15 apartments. Two were occupied at the time.

A third of the units are damaged.

Stay informed: Local coverage of WPBF 25 News

Resident Sandy Cirone said she heard a loud bang on Thursday afternoon, then saw and smelled thick smoke billowing from the compound.

“It was just solid smoke, I could barely see the buildings, but I could see all the fire hoses and water,” she said.

Fire officials confirm the strong bang was lightning which struck the building and started the blaze. Within minutes, Chief Richard Marini says all residents were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Share with us: Upload your photos and videos via uLocal

“They did fine, the others are up north. At this time of year, there’s very little occupancy in the building,” Marini said, adding that the condo’s design also helped. to minimize losses. “The way the condo was built, there is a concrete cover on the third floor to keep the fire from progressing.”

The chief says the three-storey building suffered extensive water damage and residents will not be allowed to return until it is deemed safe.