BY KEYONNA SUMMERS AND DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD
Times Staff Writers
LARGO — A couple who stepped out Tuesday morning for McDonald's smoothies came home to find their double-wide mobile home consumed by fire.
No one was injured, but the couple's cat, Bethy, was missing.
Largo Fire District Chief David Mixson said a neighbor reported flames on the roof of unit 140 at King's Manor Estates, 1399 Belcher Road S, about 9:40 a.m. It took crews from his department and Pinellas Park about 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
The home was declared a total loss.
Erica Zylman, 34, and Peter Zylman, 35, stood outside their home with their Great Dane, Duke, after the fire. The couple learned about the blaze when a motorcyclist passing them in the McDonald's parking lot told them their home was on fire. Now, they feel lucky they were not at home.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but the couple told investigators they had left candles burning on the stove.
Arson detectives from the Largo Police Department and the state fire marshal were at the scene Tuesday to determine the cause and origin of the fire.