Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning blamed in St. Petersburg house fire

ST. PETERSBURG — A fire likely caused by a bolt of lightning caused $100,000 in damage, displaced a man and killed a cat Wednesday morning as a heavy rainstorm rolled through the region.

Smoke poured from the home at 2101 14th St. N, belonging to 61-year-old Ed McBride.

McBride was home on his computer when the lightning hit, said St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.

After hearing several loud lightning strikes he decided to get up and investigate. He saw smoke coming from a utility closet containing a water heater. When he opened the utility closet, he saw flames, Granata said.

Fire officials believe the lighting hit the house on the other side of the utility closet.

The flames took out one room before burning the garage. A car outside of the garage was also burned, Granata said.

A Progress Energy power line fell behind the house and firefighters were working to cut its electricity.

He said the damage was estimated near $100,000.

Lightning blamed in St. Petersburg house fire 08/10/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida beats LSU, wins first College World Series title

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their SEC rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball.

    UF’s Nelson Maldonado, left, and Deacon Liput high-five after a run scores.
  2. One killed, five injured in crash on Park Boulevard N in Pinellas Park

    Accidents

    Westbound lanes on Park Boulevard N have reopened at 62nd Way N in Pinellas Park following a fatal crash late Tuesday night.

  3. St. Petersburg showdown: Kriseman and Baker pull no punches in first forum

    Local Government

    A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor.
  4. Wildlife officers look for answers in gopher tortoise deaths while reward money piles up

    Wildlife

    The blood had already pooled when the bodies were found, bashed and beaten. One was dead. The other was still gasping, but it was too late.

    A gopher tortoise emerges from a bush to feed on vegetation on Thursday in 2016 at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating the deaths of two tortoises that were beaten and their shells broken in Manatee County. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]