Fire kills Pasco woman; boyfriend escapes - FOX 13 News

Fire kills Pasco woman; boyfriend escapes

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ZEPHYRHILLS (FOX 13) - James Dickinson got out just in time."I've never seen anything go up so quick in my life," he said.

The flames started on the other half of his Zephyrhills duplex.

Tiffany Milan and her boyfriend Christopher Peterson lived on the other side.

Dickinson said he heard arguing before the fire.

"It wasn't like they were bouncing off the walls like they normally do," he said.

Pasco County Sheriff's Deputies confirmed a history of domestic violence.

They've responded to domestic calls twice in the past.

Peterson was arrested last week and the court ordered him to stay away from the house.

"That night after they took him to jail I said to her you need to go to you're mom's house and get away from this because this is stupid you don't deserve this," said Dickinson.

His nephew tried to rescue the couple.

"My nephew did the best he could to help get everybody out but it was so bad because he couldn't get back in there," he said.

Only Peterson got out alive. Deputies said Tiffany died in her bedroom less than two feet away from the front door.

"He told his girlfriend get out of the house and then at that moment he took off there was no signs that he went back in and tried to save her," said Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Peterson was arrested and got a mug shot.

In it he appears beaten.

The arrest was for violating the court's order to stay away from the house and Tiffany.

The bruises, he told deputies came from a neighbor.

"He said the neighbor next door started beating him up saying why are you not helping you're girlfriend why aren't you saving her," said Sheriff Nocco.

The sheriff’s office says they are trying to locate that neighbor to corroborate that information.

Investigators could not immediately determine whether Milam was the victim of any kind of foul play. They are waiting on results of an autopsy.

A neighbor told FOX 13's Shayla Reaves that he heard an argument just minutes before the fire started. He is one of three people who live in the adjacent apartment. All of them got out OK.

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