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Termite treatment may be factor in house fire

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 24, 2004

ST. PETERSBURG - A Lakewood Estates home and its contents were destroyed Wednesday in a fire. No one was injured in the 4 a.m. blaze at 2350 Granada Circle W.

Its owner, Joseph Carannante, 43, had been treating the home for termites and spent a few nights away from the residence, said St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Lt. Rick Feinberg.

The cause is undetermined, but investigators said they initially suspected arson. That suspicion changed when investigators talked with Carannante and learned he had sprayed about 15 gallons of pesticide and wood sealant inside the home to fight termites, investigators said.

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