Neighborhood Heartbroken After Man, Canine Die in Home Hearth

ST. PETERSBURG – We learn more about the man who died of a house fire in St. Petersburg on Saturday morning.

What you need to know

  • Burnt victim identified as Albert Maynard; He was in his 60s
  • Residents said he owned his own business and that his daughter was in college
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Family and friends say his name is Albert Maynard and he was in his 60s.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking. I saw Al yesterday. He comforted me about my father. With that said, he will really be missed, ”said neighbor Lagenia Williams.

For Williams, knowing that her neighbor is gone is too close to home.

“I’ve known Al for over 40 years. We were neighbors and have lived in this neighborhood all our lives, ”she said.

When the crews arrived to fight the fire, they dragged him out of the house and tried to save his life.

He was taken to Bayfront Health where he died.

Investigators say it wasn’t the only loss of life.

“It started on the side. It looks like the area of ​​origin of the fire will be the kitchen area. A dog was also found in the house who also died. They were the only two in the house, ”said Steven Lawrence, assistant firefighter for St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

If there are still questions unanswered, those who live on the narrow street of 6th Avenue South have memories and each other to rely on.

“He’s a very nice, hard working man. He owned his own business and got up every morning and went to work. His daughter is in college. He was a very, very good man, “said Williams.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated and the cause of death is undetermined.