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Child with lighter starts Tampa house fire

TAMPA — A house fire was started Thursday morning by a young girl who set a closet ablaze with a lighter, authorities said.

Tampa Fire Rescue did not release the specific age of the youngster, although it did say she is under 5, making her too young for a county program aimed at juvenile fire offenders.

The fire happened just before 11 a.m. at 6401 N 32nd St.

The child's mother had been outside on the phone, authorities said. She went in the house and saw her daughter sitting on the couch, a lighter in her hand. The mother smelled smoke, and walked into a bedroom to find a closet on fire.

Tampa Fire Rescue was able to contain the damage mostly to the bedroom. No one was injured.

Child with lighter starts Tampa house fire 02/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:58pm]
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