Two suspicious St. Petersburg house fires erupt blocks apart on same street

ST. PETERSBURG — Two homes burned in the city on the same street, eight blocks apart.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters put out flames at a one-story house at 2701 15th Ave. S. The 596-square-foot house was vacant, and no one was injured. Investigators declared it arson.

Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, a house at 3526 15th Ave. S was engulfed in flames. The 1,030-square-foot house also was vacant, and no one was injured. Firefighters say it is suspicious.

The second fire was bigger because of the time of day.

"The first one was during the day, and people drove by and saw smoke showing and called it in right away," said public information officer Lt. Joel Granata. "At night, people are sleeping and don't see smoke."

Investigators are taking samples from the scene to see whether the two fires are related.

Two suspicious St. Petersburg house fires erupt blocks apart on same street 07/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:20pm]

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