Resident rescued from house fire in St. Pete as Idalia floods surge

(Courtesy: St. Pete Fire Rescue)

A resident was rescued from a home in St. Petersburg that caught on fire on Wednesday as floods from Hurricane Idalia surrounded it.

St. Pete Fire Rescue accessed the house fire in the Shore Acres neighborhood with light marine boats. Crews brought the resident onto one of the boats and brought them to dry land without injury.

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SPFR reported that with the challenging circumstances brought on by Idalia, they deployed specialized teams to combat the fire.

In a later update, authorities said firefighters were able to extinguish the fire with limited equipment and a nearby fire hydrant, containing the fire to the house of origin.

However, crews found the house to have a significant loss upon initially arriving, according to St. Pete Fire Rescue. Fire Investigators will examine the scene when weather conditions improve and look for any evidence to indicate the cause.