Fire destroys vacant St. Petersburg home

ST. PETERSBURG — Fire destroyed a St. Petersburg house Tuesday morning after a homeless man was found camping out inside.

The house at 1021 10th Ave. S would have to be demolished, St. Peterburg Fire and Rescue district chief Mike Zamparelli said. The fire burned holes in the walls and floors from the first floor to the attic. "I believe the house is a total loss," he said.

Firefighters stayed clear of the second floor as they sprayed down hot spots Tuesday, just in case the floor collapsed.

The blaze was reported by several neighbors around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters found a homeless man in the house but he wasn't hurt, Zamparelli said. No one else was living in the house, and there weren't any furniture or belongings in it.

The fire was determined to be an accident, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue said. The 1,866-square-foot house had a market value of about $28,685.

Fire destroys vacant St. Petersburg home 03/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:12pm]

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