Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Holiday fire damages two homes, kills cat


Fire damages two homes; nobody hurt

A fire burned through one house and caused heat damage to another on Wednesday, displacing six people and two dogs. One cat was killed in the blaze. No people were injured.

An electrical problem likely caused the fire at 4150 Woodfield Ave, said Fire Rescue investigator Abbie Bennewitz.

The fire burned through the attic of the Beacon Square home and destroyed a nearby shed, where the cat's body was found. A woman lived in the house and wasn't home when a neighbor called firefighters at 11:19 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters found the woman's dog inside and rescued it. The dog had inhaled some smoke, but looked to be fine, Bennewitz said.

The woman's name was not released. Property records indicate the home is owned by Nanette Ruiz.

Heat also singed the side of the house next door, where five people and a dog lived, causing about $10,000 in damages, Bennewitz said.

Firefighters had put out the fire by 1:35 p.m.

Times staff

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: The house fire occurred at 4150 Woodfield Ave., which is owned by Nanette Ruiz, according to property records. Due to incorrect information provided by Pasco Fire Rescue, the original version of this story gave the wrong address and homeowner.

Holiday fire damages two homes, kills cat 01/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 9:54am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series puts Florida Gators in elite company


    With Tuesday night's College World Series win, the Florida Gators put themselves in rare company.

    Florida celebrates after defeating LSU in Game 2 of the College World Series finals, Tuesday, in Omaha, Neb.
  2. Pinellas sees spike in infant deaths from unsafe sleeping, and advocates are concerned


    The reports from the Department of Children and Families are tragic: A Pinellas County mother falls asleep on a recliner during an early morning feeding and wakes to find one of her 3-month-old twins unresponsive. Another finds her 6-month-old daughter lying still, a blanket over her head. Another infant is found wedged …

    Advocates are looking to step up their public information efforts this year after reports show a spike in sleep-related infant deaths in Pinellas County. []
  3. Kellyanne Conway warns of health care spin, but then delivers her own in Miami


    On the same day that Senate Republicans were forced to delay a vote on their healthcare legislation because not enough of them wanted to vote for it, White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway defended the bill in Miami.

    White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway is welcomed by state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-District 105, at the Miami-Dade GOP’s Lincoln Day fundraiser on Tuesday night.
  4. Sign up for our new daily News at Noon email newsletter


    The Tampa Bay Times will soon launch a daily newsletter called News at Noon. You can make sure to be among the first to receive it by signing up now.

  5. New poll shows tight St. Pete mayor's race


    A new poll shows a tight race between former mayor Rick Baker and Mayor Rick Kriseman, currently engaged in the most expensive mayoral race in St. Petersburg history. 

    Former Mayor Rick Baker answers a question during the mayoral candidate forum at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday. Mayor Rick Kriseman is in the foreground.