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Arson suspected in 2 fires, same land

(ran PC edition)

A manufactured home south of Dade City is gutted, and a shed on the same property is destroyed a day later.

Investigators suspect arson in two separate blazes on the same property that gutted a manufactured home Wednesday afternoon and destroyed an adjacent shed early Thursday.

Capt. Joey Wubbena of the Dade City Fire Department said two state fire marshals and a city investigator were called in and ruled the fires suspicious. All three were investigating Thursday.

The first fire was reported about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the single-story manufactured home at 11306 Ewing Drive, south of Dade City off U.S. 98. Crews from Dade City and Zephyrhills responded, but the fire had already ripped through the home, leaving nothing but a few walls and the shed.

A second fire leveled the shed about 3:35 a.m. Thursday, and firefighters were called back to the scene when the fire rekindled Thursday afternoon in the stiff breeze.

According to a Fire Department news release, investigators are looking into reports the fires may have been connected to domestic disputes. The home was occupied by Jeffrey Herrin, 32, his sister, Sandra, 40, and Franklin Erik Lacy, 56.

Both the home and shed were ruled a total loss, with damage estimated at $42,000.