1 dead in Tampa house fire

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One person is dead and a woman is in the hospital after an East Tampa house fire.

The fire broke out Saturday just after 3PM.  When Tampa Fire Rescue crews got on scene, it was clear the blaze had quickly spread though the single story home on East 28th Avenue.

“They saw flames coming out the front and the rear of the house,” said Jason Penny with Tampa Fire Rescue.

Officials say a neighbor was able to pull one woman out of the home.  She was hurt and rushed to the hospital.  We’re told a second woman escaped the inferno without injuries.

“The flames were very intense, but we had water on it to get the fire fighters to the point where they could get inside to look for people to make sure there was nobody else inside,” Penny said.

During that search, crews discovered there was somebody still inside.  Officials say that third person wasn’t able to make it out, and died in the fire.

“A sad Sunday for the folks here in this part of town,” said Penny.  “It’s a terrible thing to effect a family especially this part of the new year and shortly after the holidays.”

It took about 20 fire fighters close to an hour to get the flames under control.  The home is a complete loss.

Neighbors tell FOX 13 News the woman who died in the fire was battling late-stage cancer.  They say she was a good person, was very active in this community, and leaves behind children.

We don’t have many details about what sparked the blaze, but the Arson Task Force was out late into the night working to piece it all together.

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