Firefighters battle fire at St. Petersburg home

A blaze at this abandoned home in St. Petersburg caused between $8,000 and $10,000 in damage, fire officials say.

MEREDITH RUTLAND | Times

A blaze at this abandoned home in St. Petersburg caused between $8,000 and $10,000 in damage, fire officials say.

ST. PETERSBURG — Fire broke out in an abandoned, foreclosed St. Petersburg house Friday morning, leaving neighbors to call in the blaze.

Rutha Gavin, 70, was working at her Bartlett Park home about 8:40 a.m. when she saw smoke pouring from the upper windows of 633 Newton Ave. S.

St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue put out the fire, which started in an upstairs bedroom and caused between $8,000 and $10,000 in damage, said District 5 Chief Dean Adamides.

The cause of the fire was under investigation Friday.

Adamides said no one was in house at the time.

Gavin said no one has lived in the house for about two years.

Firefighters battle fire at St. Petersburg home 02/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 10:58pm]

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