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Authorities investigate suspicious death in St. Petersburg fire

A body was found as crews fought a fire at Broadwater Place apartments at 3615 37th St. S in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

KATHLEEN FLYNN | Times

A body was found as crews fought a fire at Broadwater Place apartments at 3615 37th St. S in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

ST. PETERSBURG — Fire crews battling a fire at a small apartment complex discovered a woman's body in one of the units Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Arson and homicide detectives responded to the Broadwater Place apartments at 3615 37th St. S and began conducting a death investigation.

Investigators were treating it as suspicious, police said, at least until the cause of death and origin of the fire were determined.

Authorities were not releasing the victim's name Sunday night until they confirm the woman's identity and notify her family.

Fire crews responded to the scene about 4:40 p.m. The fire was confined to Apt. 10, authorities said.

While trying to extinguish the fire, firefighters found the body on the second floor of the building, said St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.

The complex, which opened a few months ago, offers housing to 12 people who have been chronically homeless, according to its website.

The apartments are a project undertaken by Boley Centers, which is a nonprofit agency that serves people with mental disabilities, the homeless and youth.

Authorities investigate suspicious death in St. Petersburg fire 03/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2011 11:20pm]
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