Police searching for arson suspect in Tampa house fire, neighbors say they saw him do it

TAMPA - Tampa Police are working to track down a suspect identified in a Tampa arson fire.

Several neighbors and witnesses say they this isn't the first time they've seen the suspect who accused of setting fire to a home on 1600 block of Byrd Street late Tuesday night.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire just before 11:00 p.m.  When firefighters arrived, half of the wood frame structure was burning. The fire was quickly extinguished and crews determined the home was empty.

Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set.

Around 7:00 Wednesday morning, the house began smoking, so fire crews returned to douse out any smoldering.

A witness said he saw the man who set the fire and neighbors said he's been spotted in the neighborhood before.

He is described as a white male, 120 to 140 pounds, 40 to 50 years old, dark short hair and he was wearing a trench coat.

He fled on a beach cruiser-type bicycle with a basket on the front and baskets on both sides.

This fire comes days after another arson happened about five miles away on North 30th St.

They are still actively looking for the person responsible for the other fire, but police are not saying whether they believe the two fires are related.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the capture of the suspect.

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