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Fire at Clearwater house investigated as arson

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A Clearwater home has caught fire twice in three days, and investigators suspect arson.

The most recent blaze destroyed the roof early Saturday morning.  Clearwater Fire officials say a massive blaze consuming a home on Nokomis street on Thursday.

Bernard, a neighbor, said, "[It was] lit up like a Christmas tree out here, and when I opened the door, that house was just ablaze."

As the fire chewed through the two-story home, the homeowner, Rebecca Fenton, and an elderly man escaped without injuries.

Investigators later determined that fire was caused by a faulty electrical system. But then officials were called out to another fire at the home on Saturday.

Officials say a second blaze caused the roof to collapse.  That fire is now being investigated as an arson.

City of Clearwater spokesperson Joelle Castelli said Thursday's fire is also being investigated.

Bernard said, "That's just crazy. That lady has been through so many crazy things." 

Clearwater police say in 2008, Fenton's husband was murdered at this home. That case is still being investigated.

Neighbor Jonathan Duarte said, "Putting it all together, it's doesn't seem quite right. But then again, who knows?"

It's unclear at this point where the residents of the burned home are staying.

If you know anything about this arson, call Clearwater Police.


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