PINELLAS PARK — Fire left a family without a home Saturday, ripping through a single-story Pinellas Park house. No one was home at the time.
The blaze, which fire inspectors were investigating, began about 3:30 p.m. on the patio area of the home at 7131 55th St. N and quickly spread inside the house, said Pinellas Park fire Chief Doug Lewis.
A motorist saw a column of thick smoke streaming from the back of the house and phoned 911, officials said. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had engulfed the house. Flames lapped over a wood fence on the south property line and charred the north wall of the house next door before fire crews extinguished it.
A dog made it out of the home safely, officials said. No one was injured in the fire.
Family members who lived in the house, arriving shortly after the fire was put out, declined assistance from the American Red Cross, saying they would stay with relatives, Lewis said.