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PALM BAY — A fire at a Palm Bay apartment complex early Saturday morning damaged 16 units and displaced 33 people, fire officials said. As of Sunday, the area surrounding the two-story concrete unit marked “24” had been cordoned off.

Palm Bay Fire Department crews were called to The Braxton, an apartment complex on Palm Place Drive North East, just off Babcock Street, around 12:30 p.m. Saturday after a report of a unit on fire, a said Lt. John Ringleb.

All occupants of the building escaped unscathed, including their pets. Part of the roof had a gaping, charred hole where the flames were seen. A slight burning smell was still noticeable on Sunday.

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Fire, smoke or water damaged 16 homes, displacing 31 adults, two children and nine pets. The Red Cross had found shelter for 16 of the 33 people by Saturday afternoon, Ringleb said. No further information on the relocations was available on Sunday.

Resort management could not be reached on Sunday. The complex has more than 300 units and was built in 1987, according to information from the apartment community‘s website.

The Melbourne Fire Department and Brevard County Fire Rescue assisted Palm Bay with the fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the state fire marshal.

Finch Walker is a FLORIDA TODAY Breaking News reporter. Contact Walker at 321-290-4744 or [email protected] Twitter: @_finchwalker

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