Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two St. Petersburg fires within blocks of each other called suspicious

ST. PETERSBURG — Two fires within blocks of each other early Monday are considered suspicious, officials said.

One fire was called in at 3:10 a.m. at the Gateway Mobile Home Park, 10100 Gandy Blvd. N. The second was called in at 3:27 a.m. at the Isles of Gateway apartments, 10600 Fourth St. N, about eight blocks away.

The St. Petersburg Police Department's arson investigator is on the scene.

The first call was for a fire at a maintenance building near the rear of the park. A man who lives about 10 yards from the structure said his crying cat woke him up, and he called 911 to report the blaze.

"I woke up and my living room was orange," said Jeff Althouse, 51. "You could have made a burger out here."

Althouse, who moved to the Mobile Home Park five years ago, said he began rapping on the walls and doors of his neighbors' homes and heard a lot of snapping and small explosions, followed by a loud boom, inside the burning structure. Neighbors worried about floating embers that fluttered around the park.

The second call was for three individual fires at the apartment complex — two on separate stairways and one in the mulch of a flower bed.

No injuries were reported at either fire.

"It does sound kind of strange … the second one was not accidental," said Assistant Fire Chief William Jolley.

Neither fire has been declared arson, he said, but the proximity of the two fires makes the second fire definitely seem suspicious.

The mobile home park is owned by Florida Manufactured Housing Association and is a 55-and-older community, according to the FMHA Web site. Isles of Gateway is owned by Capreit Apartment Homes, according to the Capreit Web site.

Follow This Just In on Twitter.

Two St. Petersburg fires within blocks of each other called suspicious 11/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 16, 2009 11:39am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Amateur photographer spotlight: Ryan McGibbeny, St. Petersburg, FL.

    Human Interest

    Here is another in an occasional series of posts shining a spotlight on local amateur photographers.

    Taryn
  2. Deputies: Wimauma teacher's aide sexually molested teen, 13

    Crime

    A Wimauma teacher's aide faces charges lewd or lascivious molestation after Hillborough County deputies say he inappropriatly touched a 13-year-old girl.

    Sonny Juarez, 29, a teacher's aide in Wimauma, faces charges lewd or lascivious molestation after Hillborough County deputies say he inappropriatly touched a 13-year-old girl on several occasions while working at the RCMA Wimauma Academy, 18236 U.S. 301 S, between November 2016 and March 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

  3. Tampa Bay deputies head to UF to assist with Richard Spencer's speech

    Public Safety

    Local deputies are heading up to Alachua County in preparation of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech in Gainesville on Thursday.

    Law enforcement is stepped up in Gainesville on Oct. 18, 2017, ahead of Richard Spencer's appearance. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  4. Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

    Olympics

    Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.

    U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney poses after completing her routine on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Maroney posted a statement on Twitter Oct. 18, 2017, in which she said she was molested for years by former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar. [Associated Press]
  5. Top 5 at Noon: Facts on Richard Spencer's Florida visit; Column: Jameis, don't be a hero; Locale Market changes again

    News

    Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

    White nationalist Richard Spencer (C) and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Emancipation Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Spencer is set to speak at the University of Florida. [Getty]