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Authorities: Neighbor caused blaze in vacant Seminole Heights home

TAMPA — Firefighters have concluded arson caused a Saturday morning blaze that did extensive damage to a vacant home at 6008 N 18th St.

On Monday, Tampa Fire Rescue named a neighbor as a suspect, saying he entered the house and started the fire.

Brian Justin Gendron, 22, of 6009 N 18th St. was arrested Saturday and faces charges of burglary and petit theft. He was released from the Hillsborough County Jail on $2,250 bail.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokeswoman Debra Sue Warshefski said an investigation of the fire, including a laboratory analysis of evidence, was ongoing.

Authorities: Neighbor caused blaze in vacant Seminole Heights home 09/03/12 [Last modified: Monday, September 3, 2012 4:19pm]
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