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Arson Suspected in South Tampa House Fire

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The occupant of the home, an elderly woman, was able to exit the home safely and was uninjured, Tampa firefighters said.

SOUTH TAMPA – An elderly woman has been left homeless after a house fire early this morning (July 9) in South Tampa, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

The woman was not injured and the Red Cross was notified that she needed help.

Firefighters said they were called to a single-story home in the 6200 block of S Church Avenue shortly after 4 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they said they found heavy smoke coming from the residence. Firefighters entered the building and had the fire under control by about 4:30 a.m.

An investigator from the fire marshal’s office was on scene and said he suspects that the fire was the result of arson. The investigation is ongoing.

Damage to the home and contents is estimated at $100,000.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (813) 274-7000 or use the anonymous tips page at tampagov.net/arsontips. If you witness a person committing arson, call 911 immediately. Rewards of up to $2,500 or more are available for information leading to the identification of persons involved in arson fires.

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