SEFFNER — A Seffner man is accused of starting a fire early Sunday that heavily damaged a mobile home and killed a cat.
Todd Knighten, 32, was arrested Sunday afternoon after the State Fire Marshal's Office linked him to the type of accelerant used in the fire at a 5212 Contata Court mobile home.
Knighten faces charges of arson, burglary and animal cruelty. He was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail. His bail amount was pending.
Another cat and two dogs were in the home at the time of the blaze, but they survived.
Hillsborough County Animal Services took custody of the three animals.
Fire crews got the call about 5:45 a.m. Sunday, said Ray Yeakley, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
The front and back bedrooms sustained the heaviest damage, and the home was likely a total loss, he said.
The mobile home's owner, Charles Lull, 46, was in Michigan at the time of the fire. His home was being watched by a neighbor, Yeakley said.
According to Yeakley, a neighbor said the home had been broken into the previous week, but no one called the police.
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