Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa police arrest man in early morning arson at vacant house

TAMPA — An abandoned house went up in flames early Friday and Tampa police quickly arrested a man they say intentionally set the fire.

A security guard from a nearby Days Inn saw the house, at 3003 N 48th St., burning at about 3:27 a.m. and called 911, police said. Firefighters arrived and quickly doused the blaze, which had engulfed the house.

As police officers arrived and began to block traffic in the area, they saw Anthony Lamar Bennett, 28, standing at the southeast corner of E 21st Avenue and Melbourne Boulevard, officials said. When they talked with him, Bennett admitted to setting the blaze, police said. His reason for doing so was unclear.

No one was injured in the fire.

Bennett was arrested on a charge of first-degree arson and booked in the Hillsborough County Jail. He was held without bail.

Tampa police arrest man in early morning arson at vacant house 07/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 11:39am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival brings Major Lazer, safety upgrades to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa


    Somewhere beyond the barricades and mountainous LED stages of the Sunset Music Festival, there had to be worry. There had to thousands of parents in parking lots and empty kitchens, anxiously distracting their minds, every now and then checking their phones.

    Major Lazer headlined the Sunset Music Festival on May 27, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  2. 24-year-old man charged with murder in shooting at Andrea Cove Motel

    LARGO — Pinellas sheriff's officers arrested a 24-year-old transient man Saturday in connection with a homicide at the Andrea Cove Motel in unincorporated Largo.

  3. Photo gallery: Calvary Christian rolls to state title


    View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.

    Calvary Christian players circle up on the field before the FHSAA class 4A baseball championship against Pensacola Catholic on Friday May 27, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary scored 6 runs in the first inning, and had 7 hits.
  4. Two girls found safe after being reported missing in New Port Richey

    UPDATE: Both girls were found safe Saturday night, police said.

  5. IT failure blamed for British Airways cancellations (w/video)


    LONDON — British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend.

    Passengers wait at a British Airways check-in desk after the airport suffered an IT systems failure Saturday at London''s Gatwick Airport. [Associated Press]