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Tampa apartment fire apparently an arson case

TAMPA — A dispute between roommates may have fueled a fire at the Ashford Park Apartments Tuesday night, Tampa Fire Rescue says.

Flames engulfed Apartment 41-F at 10610 N 30th St. just after 8 p.m., fire rescue said. No one was injured. Investigators found that the blaze that caused $65,000 in damage had been intentionally set. Firefighters say the flames were contained to 41-F.

One roommate, 20-year-old Chantel Joseph, arrived at the apartment and told investigators she and her roommate, Lisa Marie Dillard, had been having problems, a fire rescue release said.

Sometime later, Dillard, 19, walked up to a police officer conducting a traffic stop and confessed to torching her apartment, fire rescue said. She was interviewed by fire marshals and may face an arson charge, officials said.

Tampa apartment fire apparently an arson case 02/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:59pm]

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