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12-131 Lealman Structure Fire Injures Home Owner And Kills Family Cat

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Arson & Auto Theft Unit

Injured resident:
Joseph Phanphilathip – 10/10/81

What:  An accidental structure fire in Lealman this morning injured one individual and killed the family cat

Where:  3560 55th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL

When:  Deputies received the call this morning (5/27/12) at approximately 8:00 a.m.


Deputies responded to a residential fire in Lealman this morning at approximately 8:00 a.m.

As fire rescue personnel extinguished the fire, deputies ensured the safety and well-being of the neighboring community.

One resident in the home (Joseph Phanphilathip) suffered 2nd degree burns to his body.  He was brought to a local hospital and has since been released.

The family cat succumbed to injuries suffered from smoke inhalation.

It is estimated that the fire caused $50,000 in damage to the residence.

Investigations performed at the scene, led fire officials and detectives to believe the fire was caused by a citronella candle left burning on the back porch.

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