Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Retired firefighter dies in Port Richey mobile home blaze

PORT RICHEY — A retired firefighter was found dead Thursday after an early morning blaze destroyed his mobile home.

Authorities identified the man as James P. Trezzi, 64, a retired Boston firefighter. The cause of the fire was under investigation, but officials said there were no obvious signs that it was intentionally set.

The blaze began about 1:30 a.m. at Lot 41 of the Oak Springs RV Park, 10521 Scenic Boulevard, authorities said. Firefighters arrived to find the trailer engulfed in flames with the fire spreading to nearby trees. They quickly put out the blaze.

Afterward, Trezzi was found inside dead, authorities said.

By late Thursday morning, all that remained was a skeleton of the mobile home. Wall studs looked more like spent matches. A charred stove and refrigerator were the only recognizable pieces in the debris.

Ron Harlan, who lived across the street from Trezzi, said the soft-spoken man lived alone. Both Vietnam veterans, Trezzi and Harlan usually reminisced about their time in the military or made small talk about the neighborhood.

Harlan said Trezzi would care for his brother Bobby Trezzi who lives two streets over. Bobby Trezzi declined an interview for this story.

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