Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Public safety

Tampa house fire ruled arson

TAMPA — Fire officials have ruled last week's fire at 8109 N Semmes St. to be an arson.

Investigators have not named any suspects. However, they said Monday that the Tampa Fire Rescue Fire Marshal's office has determined that, at some point, someone illegally entered the home and poured a flammable liquid in a bedroom.

A fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. Friday, and the property suffered about $45,000 worth of fire and smoke damage.

The fire was at the house across the street from where Keith J. Jones, 35, was fatally shot Thursday. Police have issued a warrant for Johnson Louis, 18, in Jones' death. They have not said whether they believe the killing and fire are linked.

Fire investigators say that anyone with information can anonymously report tips to the Fire Marshal's office online by following this link — tampagov.net/dept_Fire_rescue/ — and then clicking the "arson tips (anonymous)" link on the left.

Rewards are available for information leading to the identification of those involved, they say.

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