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Father identifies woman killed in St. Petersburg house fire

ST. PETERSBURG — The father of a 55-year-old woman who died in a house fire Saturday night identified her as Janice Gail Chang.

Chang's body was found in her bedroom at the home at 5620 Second Ave. N around 7:30 p.m.

Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control quickly and found Chang's body after the fire had been put out.

St. Petersburg police on Sunday did not release any new details about the cause of the fire. Chang's father, Joel Mitchell, said detectives who called him around midnight Saturday said it appeared accidental.

Mitchell said his daughter was born in Plainview, Texas, and went to high school in Austin, Texas.

She moved to Florida many years ago, said Mitchell, of Austin.

Mitchell said his daughter was disabled after suffering brain damage as the result of a car accident "some years ago."

John Kozub, who lives a few blocks away, said Chang was a friend of his.

He said Chang also suffered from severe back pain that kept her from moving around much.

"She couldn't barely move without screaming," he said.

Father identifies woman killed in St. Petersburg house fire 12/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 19, 2010 4:11pm]
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