Police investigating arson in Ybor City

This home at 2216 E 17th Ave. in Ybor City was heavily damaged by fire early Friday morning. The blaze was determined to be arson.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

This home at 2216 E 17th Ave. in Ybor City was heavily damaged by fire early Friday morning. The blaze was determined to be arson.

TAMPA — Police were investigating an early Friday fire ruled arson in Ybor City.

At least one suspect entered 2216 E 17th Ave. about 1 a.m. and set fire to the vacant home, police said. Adjacent homes were evacuated and no one was injured.

Police initially said an accelerant may have been used, but later found that was not the case. Detectives found signs that someone was squatting in the house and were trying to determine if the squatter accidentally started the fire with something such as candles or by smoking, or if it was intentionally set.

The home was significantly damaged by smoke and fire.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call (813)231-6130.

Police investigating arson in Ybor City 04/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2011 11:19am]

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