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Afternoon fire destroys home in Seminole's Bardmoor neighborhood

When firefighters arrived at this home on Cumberland Road in Seminole’s Bardmoor neighborhood, the attic was engulfed in flames. The blaze was reported by a neighbor just after 3 p.m. and units from Seminole, Largo and Pinellas Park responded. No one was home when the fire started and no one was injured.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

When firefighters arrived at this home on Cumberland Road in Seminole’s Bardmoor neighborhood, the attic was engulfed in flames. The blaze was reported by a neighbor just after 3 p.m. and units from Seminole, Largo and Pinellas Park responded. No one was home when the fire started and no one was injured.

SEMINOLE — A midafternoon fire claimed a home at 7710 Cumberland Road on Sunday, rendering the house a total loss, said Seminole Fire Rescue spokeswoman Alison Shanabrook.

Firefighters received a call from neighbors at 3:06 p.m., and units from the Seminole, Largo and Pinellas Park fire departments were still working on hot spots within the 4,784-square-foot home at 5 p.m.

Shanabrook said the owners were not home when the fire started, but returned when neighbors called them. They left after speaking with firefighters.

There were no injuries.

According to the Pinellas County Property Appraiser, the home, nestled amid the ponds and greens of the Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club, was worth $423,187.

Shanabrook said the attic was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the roof eventually burned away.

Bette Eernisse, who lives in a townhouse nearby, was drawn outside by the commotion.

"I came out and I could see all kinds of smoke," Eernisse said. "The flames kept getting bigger and bigger."

Shanabrook said the cause of the fire has not been determined and is being investigated by state fire marshals.

Drew Harwell can be reached at dharwell@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4170.

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