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Dog dies in St. Petersburg house fire

ST. PETERSBURG — A dog died in a suspicious house fire that began outside a home on a mattress late Tuesday night, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue said.

Crews responded to the blaze at 2879 39th Ave N about 10:52 p.m. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was hurt. A Jack Russell terrier was killed.

The flames started outside the building on a mattress before climbing up a wall and igniting the eaves and the attic, said Lt. Joel Granata, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman.

The flames burned through one wall, exposing the inside of the home, he said. The roof and living room were also damaged.

Fire officials estimate the blaze caused about $30,000 in damage. The investigation continues. Officials have not ruled out arson.

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Dog dies in St. Petersburg house fire 10/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:30pm]

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