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Man dies in home fire

A man's body was found inside the mobile home, but authorities can't be certain of his identity until tests are completed.

By BILL VARIAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 14, 2001


CHASSAHOWITZKA -- Authorities have not definitively identified the man who died in a mobile home fire early Sunday, though they believe they know who he is.

Steven E. Wilson, 38, was the listed resident of the single-wide home at 7620 W Chassahowitzka St., where he was believed to live alone, Lt. Gloria Perrotti of the Division of State Fire Marshal confirmed.

However, the body recovered from the dining room of the mobile home was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death, but also an identity through dental or other records.

The Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that the identity had not been confirmed.

A man who identified himself as Wilson's brother declined comment at the home Monday.

Chassahowitzka volunteer firefighters responded to the blaze at 12:33 a.m. Sunday after a neighbor reported the fire, and were able to contain it to the dining room, kitchen and living room area. However, smoke and heat damaged the rest of the home, Perrotti said.

The Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the cause of the blaze, but Perrotti said it did not appear to be suspicious.

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