Large fire at 55-and-over condo complex destroys 10 units

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A large fire at a Florida condominium complex has destroyed at least 10 units.

The Martin County sheriff’s office says a section of the Cedar Pointe Villages complex in Stuart was engulfed by flames on Monday night. Firefighters contained the flames at the complex, a community for people 55 years or older near the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sheriff William Snyder tells WPTV in West Palm Beach the man who lived in the corner apartment where the fire started told investigators he dropped a lit cigarette and “the next thing he knew there was smoke in his apartment.” The sheriff says a neighbor saw flames and smoke and called for help.

No serious injuries have been reported.

The Cedar Pointe Villages complex has 62 two-story buildings divided into eight villages.