Fire in Tampa home's back yard ruled arson

Published Apr. 24, 2014

TAMPA — A fire that destroyed a shed behind a Tampa home Wednesday was intentionally set, according to Tampa Fire Rescue reports.

The fire broke out about 9:16 a.m. Wednesday behind the home at 216 S Malcolm Court.

An investigation determined that someone walked through an alleyway adjacent to the home and entered the back yard through a through a chain-link gate, officials said. Once inside, someone started the blaze by pouring a flammable liquid on the side of the shed and igniting it.

Firefighters were called and quickly extinguished the flames. A person inside the shed suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, fire officials said.

Damage from the fire was estimated at $5,500.

Anyone with information about who might have set the fire is asked to call the Tampa Fire Marshals Office, (813) 274-7000.