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Residents OK, dog dies in St. Pete mobile home fire

An electrical failure is being cited as the cause of a fire at a St. Petersburg mobile home that resulted in the death of a dog Tuesday morning.

Firefighters called at 7:05 a.m. to the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park, 4000 24th St. N., and found a unit fully engulfed by flames. Crews extinguished the fire quickly, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue said.

Arson investigators say the fire started in a bedroom and is not suspicious in nature.

Two residents — Gary Winkleman, 52, and roommate Mark Erdman, 56, were not injured, deputies say.

Investigators say Winkleman noticed the fire in the front bedroom, where he had been working minutes before, and woke up Erdman, who was sleeping in a back bedroom.

Deputies say Erdman grabbed his cat and all exited the unit, but the men were unable to return for the Chihuahua, which died in the fire.

The American Red Cross was offering assistance to the homeowner, officials say.

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