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One person killed in South Tampa fire

By REBECCA CATALANELLO, Times Staff Writer
Published September 6, 2007


TAMPA -- A fire sent flames shooting into the trees at a South Tampa house Wednesday night and killed one person.

Firefighters raced to 4311 S Cameron Ave. shortly before 9 p.m., where a single-story white house was ablaze in the rear rooms. Neighbors who gathered outside said an older man had lived alone in the house for decades, and drove two Thunderbirds and a Mustang, which were parked in the driveway.

"I looked out and the tree was on fire, I mean it was blazing," said next-door neighbor Carol Carter, 71.

Turning to a neighbor she asked if anyone had heard about the fate of the dog who lived there. No one knew the answer.

Firefighters were on the scene within five minutes, and contained the blaze within 20 minutes, said Bill Wade, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman.

Upon going inside, they found the victim but there was nothing that could be done to revive the person, he said.

Wade was unsure how many deaths from fire have occurred in Tampa this year, but said on average the city has five or six.

Wade said it was too early to know the cause of the fire. The identity of the victim would be released after the family has been notified.