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One man dies, two rescued in Belleair Bluffs mansion fire

Firefighters saved an 80-year-old woman and her 54-year-old son. The blaze caused about $250,000 in damage.

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Firefighters saved two people from a house fire but a third person found unconscious inside later died of his injuries, according to Largo Fire Rescue.

Firefighters were called at about 2 a.m. to the home at 475 Bluff View Drive. There they saved Ruth Noll, 80, and her son, 54-year-old Norman Noll, the department said.

Firefighters found a third person in a downstairs bedroom who was unconscious, said Fire Marshal Don Rooks. They attempted to revive him, then rushed him to a hospital. A doctor there pronounced him dead, Rooks said.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fire. The agency is not releasing the name of the man who died because because they haven’t been able to notify his family members, said Cpl. Chuck Skipper. The man was not related to the Nolls but was living in the home as a tenant.

The blaze was so large that three fire departments responded, Brooks said. It caused about $250,000 worth of damage, Skipper said, about a third of the home’s appraised value of $778,435, according to Pinellas property records.

About half the 4,300-square-foot home was destroyed. The fire appeared to have started in the garage, which is next to the bedroom the man was in, Rooks said.

Investigators are trying to determine a cause of the fire but don’t believe it’s suspicious.

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