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Officials suspect arson in Palm River house fire

Published:   |   Updated: March 17, 2014 at 09:58 AM

Hillsborough County fire officials are investigating a suspected arson at a home in Palm River this morning.

Crews responded to the fire at 6512 36th Ave. S. after neighbors called 911 around 1 a.m. to report flames coming from the home.

Crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof and window of the unoccupied home, and extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes.

After an initial investigation, officials suspect the fire was deliberately set when they found another home on the same property with suspicious findings. The investigation is ongoing.

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