Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Public safety

Man suspected in Tampa arson still at large

TAMPA — Police were still searching early Wednesday for a man wearing shorts and a trench coat suspected of setting fire to a vacant home Tuesday night.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. at 1604 Bird St.

When firefighters arrived, half of the single family home was engulfed in flames. Damage to the house was estimated at $6,500. No injuries were reported.

A witness saw a man ride away from the blaze on a beach cruiser type bicycle, Tampa police said. Investigators were interviewing witnesses Tuesday.

An investigation remained under way Wednesday morning.

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