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Another arson reported in St. Petersburg's Causeway Isles neighborhood

ST. PETERSBURG — Police believe someone set another fire at a vacant home in the Causeway Isles neighborhood, the fifth in the area in 15 months.

A resident called officers to 181 79th St. S after noticing evidence of a break-in at the empty home about 7 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

When officers arrived, they didn't find anyone inside. But they did find that someone had forced open a back door and, it appeared, tried to set the house on fire. Rugs, curtains and interior walls were damaged.

The blaze apparently burned itself out before it could do major damage, police said.

This is the second time someone has set fire to the home. On Sept. 4, a relative of the recently deceased occupant noticed someone had set a fire outside near an air-conditioning unit. It also appeared to have burned itself out before causing much damage.

The home has since been resold.

New owner Christopher Ryan Jones, 34, told police he had last been at the house Sunday afternoon. Everything looked fine then, Jones said, though he suspected someone may have broken into the home earlier that month. Nothing was missing, however, so he didn't call police.

Three other fires have been set in the neighborhood: on Nov. 25 at 7949 Second Ave. S; on Oct. 16 at 199 79th St. S; and on Oct. 25, 2011, at 7909 Second Ave. S.

All the homes were unoccupied at the time, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780.

Another arson reported in St. Petersburg's Causeway Isles neighborhood 01/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 9:44pm]
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