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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-471

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 13, 2017
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    Deputies Rescue Residents From Apartment Fire

    Deputies work together to get everyone out safely.
    • Wednesday
    • September 13, 2017
    • Time: 1:42 AM
    • Cedar Trace Apartments
    • 2317 Cedar Trace Circle
    • Tampa, Florida


    Deputy Shenea Rufus
    District 1- hired in '16

    Deputy Pablo Enriquez
    District 1- hired in '15

    Deputy Philip Stiles
    District 1- hired in '16


    On September 13, 2017 at approximately 1:42 a.m., deputies responded to an apartment fire. On arrival, heavy smoke was observed billowing from the building. An active fire was located in one of the downstairs apartments. While some HCSO personnel suppressed the fire with fire extinguishers, others evacuated 15 residents to safety. During the evacuation, one resident was reported to be in an upstairs apartment. Deputy Shenea Rufus and Deputy Pablo Enriquez hoisted Deputy Philip Stiles to the second floor balcony. Deputy Stiles entered the apartment and escorted the resident out to safety. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived shortly after, extinguished the fire and assumed control of the incident scene. The cause of the fire is unknown, but foul play is not suspected.

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