Fire guts apartment in Oakland Park; dog injured in Parkland blaze

Posted May 25 2005, 4:00 PM EDT

OAKLAND PARK -- Fire Rescue is investigating an apartment fire on Wednesday that will displace at least one family.

A fire broke out about 2:25 p.m. on the balcony of a Lake Pointe Apartments home, 211 Lake Pointe Drive, said Fire Chief Don Widing. He said firefighters put the fire out quickly, but not before it did enough damage to make the apartment uninhabitable. No one was hurt and the occupants were not home.

Another apartment received some smoke damage, but appeared livable, Widing said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the occupants of the apartment had not yet been located as of 4 p.m., Widing said.

In Parkland, meanwhile, rescuers rushed a dog to a local animal hospital after its owner's house caught fire about 3:15 p.m.

The residents of a home in the 5800 block of Northwest 74th Street reported smoke in their home, but firefighters found a bedroom ablaze when they arrived, said Michael Moser, spokesman for the Coral Springs Fire Department, which provides Parkland with fire protection.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause is still being investigated, Moser said, and it is unclear if the family will be displaced.