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14-060 Detectives Investigate St. Petersburg Mobile Home Park Fire

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

Gary Winkleman (Homeowner/Not injured)
DOB: 12/14/1961
Address: 4000 24th Street North, Lot 307, St. Petersburg

Mark Erdman (Roommate/Not Injured)
DOB: 08/22/1957
Address: 4000 24th Street North, Lot 307, St. Petersburg

Deputies assigned to the Arson and Auto Theft Unit have responded to investigate a fire at a mobile home unit in unincorporated St. Petersburg. No persons were injured in the fire. A dog (Chihuaha) died in the fire. Deputies say the fire is not suspicious in nature.

Deputies initially responded to the fire at about 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The fire occurred at the Silver Lakes Mobile Home Park located at 4000 24th Street North, Lot 307 in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

According to investigators, the fire started in the front bedroom of the unit, in the area of the bed. Deputies say the fire is not suspicious in nature and is believed to be the result of an electrical failure.

At the time of the fire, the unit was occupied by two persons, 52 year-old Gary Winkleman and his roommate 56-year-old Mark Erdman. According to investigators, Winkleman noticed the fire in the front bedroom, which was the room he had been working in minutes before, and woke up Erdman who was sleeping in a back bedroom. Erdman grabbed his cat and all exited the unit.

Deputies say the men were unable to return for the Chihuahua, which died in the fire.

The investigation continues.

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