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Heater running all night and day ignites Tampa home

TAMPA — Heating coils in a central air conditioning unit are being blamed for a house fire at 2016 E Humphrey Street on Sunday.

Just before 1 p.m., firefighters put out the blaze at the single-story house. Thomas Law, 72, who has owned the home for 18 years, and a friend, Wayne Dunbar, 46, escaped without injury.

Law told fire officials that his central air-conditioning unit had been running all night and through the morning, trying to keep the house warm. A fire investigator suspects that the heating coils within the unit failed, igniting the older wood-framed house.

More than $60,000 of damage was estimated to the house.

Justin George can be reached at (813) 226-3368 or

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