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Neighbors work to reunite lost dog after fatal fire

Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-20 16:40:05-05

UPDATE | He was returned home.

TAMPA, Fla. — Residents at a Tampa apartment complex are searching for the owner of a dog found after a fatal fire Saturday night.

One person found dead in two-alarm fire at a Tampa apartment

Jessica Hurtado noticed the fire on her way home from a quick trip to Wal-Mart.

"It was pretty bad," she said. "I ended up having to turn because all the roads were blocked off."

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said the fire started in one of the units at St. James Crossing Apartments around 8:22 p.m. Saturday night. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the building.

Hurtado said she kept saying "[I] hope everyone got out" as she drove close to the scene.

According to investigators, one man died. They have not released his identity or the cause of death at this time. Everyone else made it out safely. Most of their apartments and the things inside were destroyed.

"It was really sad," said Hurtado.

ABC Action News was back on the scene Sunday morning when Hurtado showed up. She was looking for the owners of a German Shepherd her brother found hours after the fire.

"We are hoping we can find the owners soon," she said.

They were able to feed the dog and give him water. Hillsborough County deputies are working with Hurtado to reunite the dog with its owners.

"Hopefully we can set these peoples minds a little bit at ease because I have a dog and if I lost him I know I'd be distraught," said Hurtado.