ST. PETERSBURG – An early-morning fire at a home near North Kenwood killed a dog and sent a woman to the hospital, a fire official said.
The fire sparked in the bedroom of a home on the 3600 block of 22nd Avenue N just before 4:45 a.m., said St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.
The stepdaughter of the homeowners, a married couple who left town for Sarasota, awoke to the barks of one of the couple's five dogs. She saw heavy smoke pouring from a bedroom and ran out through a sliding-glass door.
The woman, who officials have yet to name, was treated at Edward White Hospital for smoke inhalation but returned to the home Sunday afternoon. A Jack Russell terrier died in the garage of smoke inhalation.
Officials suspect an electrical short may have caused the fire.
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