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Investigators: Condo fire may have been meth lab

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A Sarasota condo was damaged Tuesday morning after a fire broke out on the 12th floor, and investigators believe it may have been drug related.

It's unclear what started the fire, but deputies tell us the hazardous materials team was also called out.

The situation unfolded at the Lido Regency building on Lido Key.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating a possible meth lab in the unit.

Seven firefighters had to be taken to the hospital because of chemical exposure, and it was so great that even the hazardous materials team had to be pulled from the building.

Some complained of sickness and lightheadedness. 

"There were a lot of people in the building at the time, but none were injured," said Capt. Susan Pearson of the Sarasota Fire Department.

After firefighters were able to get the blaze under control, investigators found oxygen containers and other chemicals in the unit where the fire started.

Fire rescue crews say there is extensive water damage on the 12th floor, as well as in the lobby, after the water came down through the building.

Residents were out of their condos for about seven hours. Some were allowed back in if they didn't have too much damage from smoke or water.

As for the person who lived in Unit 12B, police say they know who it is, but haven't located him yet.

Residents say they don't know much about him.

"I don't know him personally. He was renting, and I know he was a young man because I could see from my unit down. He was on the balcony numerous times," said resident Ursula Brenk.

Residents of the 12th floor were advised to stay elsewhere, but as of Tuesday evening, everyone else in the building was allowed back in.



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