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1 person in serious condition, 2 dogs dead after house fire in Tampa

Posted at 7:06 PM, Feb 19, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa firefighters battled a massive blaze in the VM Ybor neighborhood just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews rushing to the home knew several people were trapped inside. When they pulled up, they had to navigate around a downed power line near the driveway.

"Anytime you are confronted with electricity and chain link fences, that's always a big hazard for firefighters because those chain link fences you could be a block down the road and energize an entire block if those fences are touching," Assistant Fire Chief Mark Bogus said.

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Officials said one person was pulled out unconscious and is in serious condition. A woman was also taken to the Tampa General Hospital for smoke inhalation and other injuries. Bogush said a good Samaritan helped pull that woman out of a window.

Several dogs were inside the home. At least two died in the fire.

Witnesses said the flames were shooting 20 feet in the air over the roof.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Arson investigators are headed to the scene.

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