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Clearwater home severely damaged in fire, resident facing arson and cruelty to animal charges

Investigators arrived on-scene of a structure fire that occurred just before noon on Thursday, December 1, 2022. The blaze broke out at a home located at 1340 Evergreen Avenue S.

Firefighters arrived on-scene and encountered heavy smoke and flames from the home. The fire was brought under control but the home sustained serious damage.

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Investigators with Clearwater Fire & Rescue and the Clearwater Police Department have determined the fire was intentionally set. Two cats were killed in the fire.

Booking photo of Devon Childers

Detectives sought the public’s help to locate 26 year-old Devon Childers, the suspect wanted in the case and a resident of the house. On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, detectives arrested her at a motel in St. Petersburg. She is being booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of first-degree arson and two counts of cruelty to animals.


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