Two fires in less than two days at a home in Clearwater have investigators wondering whether the flames were intentionally set, the city's Public Safety Spokesperson said Saturday.
The initial fire at the house on Nokomis Street started Thursday night, sending homeowner Rebecca Fenton running for her life, along with a man in his 80's for whom she cares.
"I was able to carry him to the front porch before everything blew and we got to be blown into the front yard," Fenton said. "We sat here and watched it go up. It went up in less than three seconds, very grateful that we're okay."
Crews were called out to that same house early Saturday morning when the second floor caught fire again; firefighters said the second fire is considered an arson and won't rule it out for the first fire too.
"It's out of the ordinary that you have a fire at the same place where you know you put it out, you left, there was no chance of the fire restarting and then another fire starts within 27, 28 hours later," said Joelle Castelli, Clearwater Public Safety Spokesperson.
This isn't the first time this home has made headlines; Fenton's husband, Larry Fenton, was shot and killed in the foyer on Super Bowl Sunday in 2008. The murder remains unsolved.
Following the two fires this week, Rebecca Fenton said she's beginning to wonder if someone is sending her a message.
"The second time where it was targeted is my bedroom, exact spot right where I put my head down to sleep at night," she said. "Somehow or another this is all going to come out. But we're looking for some answers. We're looking for some truth. There are a lot of things here that just don't seem to make sense."
Authorities haven't said whether they believe the murder might and the two fires might be connected.
"It's difficult, to say the least," Fenton said. "You put one foot in front of the other. You hold on to good friends and your faith in the Lord."
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