Overnight fire kills one man in Tampa, injures woman

Published September 5 2018
Updated September 5 2018

TAMPA — One person was killed and another injured Wednesday when a travel trailer caught fire in the Palm River-Clair Mel area, authorities said.

The fire broke out about 3 a.m. at 1618 S 51st St., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews arrived at 3:17 a.m. to find the trailer fully engulfed in flames and smoke, Furniture, trash and other items surrounding the trailer were also on fire.

Crews had the blaze under control in about 30 minutes and found a man dead inside, fire officials said. A woman was treated at the scene for burns on her hand.

Their names were not released Tuesday.

"She was obviously very shaken up," said Eric Seidel, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

The Sheriff’s Office and county Fire Marshal were investigating the cause of the fire and the Medical Examiner was working to confirm his identity and how he died.

A German Shepherd roaming behind a fence on the property was not injured, Seidel said.

The property is part of a larger three-acre parcel owned by Ronald and Phyllis Sheets of Brandon, county property records show. State records list them as the officers for Miller Septic Tank Co., which shares the address.

A message left at the business was not returned Wednesday.

Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.