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Chihuahua killed in St. Petersburg mobile home fire

Lealman firefighters examine a partially destroyed mobile home in St. Petersburg's Silver Lake Mobile Home Park early Tuesday.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Lealman firefighters examine a partially destroyed mobile home in St. Petersburg's Silver Lake Mobile Home Park early Tuesday.

A fire killed a dog and partially destroyed a mobile home in the Silver Lake Mobile Home park early Tuesday.

The fire was reported about 7:10 a.m. at 4000 24th St. N, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Steve Lawrence said.

Investigators say the fire began in the home's front bedroom, near the bed. Gary Winkleman, 52, and his roommate Mark Erdman, 56, saw the fire in the front bedroom and ran out with Erdman's cat.

They couldn't return for their pet chihuahua, investigators said, and the dog died in the fire. Neither man was injured.

Investigators say they believe the fire was electrical and accidental.

Chihuahua killed in St. Petersburg mobile home fire 04/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 6:09pm]
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