Man Found Dead After Explosion and Fire at a Residence in Unincorporated St. Petersburg
Anthony Sabino, age 66 of 7233 Parkside Villas North, St. Petersburg was found dead after firefighters recovered his body from his fire damaged home.
The fire occurred at about 9:07 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2017.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the Arson & Auto Theft Unit and the Robbery & Homicide Unit are investigating the fire death.
Deputies responded to the residence after neighbors reported hearing what they described as an explosion at the residence.
Heavy smoke and flames were reported when deputies and fire rescue units from Lealman Fire District arrived on scene.
The fire department made entry into the home and found the victim, 66-year-old Anthony Sabino, unresponsive inside the residence. Sabino was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Detectives say Sabino lived alone in the home. No one else was inside the residence at the time of the fire and no other injuries were reported.
Detectives learned that Sabino had sent text messages to a family member and made threats to hurt himself the day prior.
Detectives are working with the State Fire Marshall to determine the origin of the fire and the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of Sabino’s death.
The investigation continues.