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Update: Arrest Made in Tampa Heights House Fire

Veronica Shelby was arrested in connection with today's house fire in Tampa Heights and she faces a first-degree arson charge, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Update, 10:45 p.m.:

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesperson Lonnie Benniefield said that an arrest was made in connection to the fire that erupted at a home in Tampa Heights on Wednesday, April 18.

Veronica Shelby, 26, was arrested in connection with the house fire on 105 E. Oleander St. and she faces a first-degree arson charge, according to Benniefield.

Records show that Shelby was arrested at the corner of Columbus Drive and East Jefferson Street at 5:30 p.m. and she was booked into Hillsborough County Jail at 10:15 p.m. today.

Shelby, whose address is listed as at large, is being held without bond.

No further information regarding the investigation has been released.

Earlier:

Tampa Fire Rescue units responded to a house fire in Tampa Heights on Wednesday, April 18, according to Tampa Fire Rescue spokesperson Lonnie Benniefield.

A call came in at 1:39 p.m. and firefighters arrived on scene at the residence at 105 E. Oleander St. within four minutes.

It took fire crews about five minutes to get the fire under control, Benniefield said.

The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the house and no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Fire investigators from Tampa Fire Marshal's ruled the fire to be arson and are currently working strong leads gathered from their investigation, according to Benniefield.

Investigators do not believe this to be the work of an arsonist but believe this is an isolated case, Benniefield said.

Damage estimates and specific cause of the fire have not been released yet.

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