PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A mobile home fire in the early morning hours Thursday has claimed the life of a retires firefighter from Boston.
The charred shell is all that remains of what was once James Trezzi's home. Dolores Healy was asleep when her boyfriend woke her and said somebody's home must be on fire. "The flames went all the way up to the tops of the trees. So all the way back down there where we live, you could see the flames in the sky, and the smoke. And by the time we got down here, this whole place was just engulfed in flames," recalled Healey as she pointed to the top of the tall pines that tower over the park.
The fire gutted Trezzi's mobile home in the Oak Springs RV Park on Scenic Dr. in Port Richey. Inside, firefighters discovered a body they believe is that of 64-year old James Trezzi, a retired Boston firefighter and Vietnam veteran who was known as Jimmy.
"We grew up in Boston and my whole family, we joined the service when we turned 17. Jimmy joined the paratroopers," said Trezzi's brother, Bobby.
Bobby Trezzi now lives in the home the two used to share before Jimmy moved into the one where the fire was just a short distance away a few years ago.
Pasco Fire Investigators haven't determined the cause of the fire, but early indications are that foul play wasn't involved.
Bobby Trezzi went through his brother's car today, parked just a few feet from the burned-out mobile home, a difficult task for a man who loved his brother.
"We had a great relationship and I'm going to really miss him. That's all I got to say. God bless, God bless him," Bobby Trezzi said, fighting back tears.
"It's just sad, you know. No matter how you look at it, whether you knew him or not, it's just sad," Healey said.