June 10, 2009
Africanized bees swarm burning house
Firefighters said a blaze at a small Florida home got more complicated when Africanized bees swarmed the house.
St. Petersburg Fire Department Lt. Joel Granata said the blaze started with a gas water heater on the back porch of Robert Porter's house at about 9:38 a.m. Firefighters arriving to douse the flames were met by what a beekeeper estimated to be 40,000 Africanized bees swarming the front door and walls, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported Wednesday.
Granata said another hazard was created when the fire caused a power line attached to the back of the house to fall on and electrify a chain-link fence.
The house sustained about $30,000 worth of damage before firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.
Granata said no serious injuries were reported, but some people were stung by the bees.