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. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84


    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  2. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General


    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home


    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  5. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest


    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.