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Homeowner: I'm glad to see it burn

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BRANDON (KWWL) -

Firefighters say a cigarette likely caused a Brandon home to start fire Sunday morning, but people are saying they're actually relieved to see it go.

Firefighters responded to the home in the 800 block of South Street around 10:20 a.m.

The Brandon fire chief confirms two people were able to make it out all right, but the home is a total loss.

Neighbors say the home is connected to Roger Bentley and James Bentley. Twelve years ago Roger was living in the home, and now he's serving time in prison for kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl. His brother James is serving time for taking pornographic photos of her. Their father, Howard Bentley owns the home and was renting it to tenants. Howard tells KWWL he is happy to see the house go and so are neighbors.

"The truth is we are not sorry to see it gone...I am glad no body has gotten hurt, but it's kind of been an eye sore for a very very long time," said Carrie Bantz, Brandon.

Howard Bentley says he bought the home more than 30 years ago, but he still owns it. Bantz grew up next to the Bentley's and says she and many others are happy to see the home torn down. Bantz says she was at her mother's house right next door when the fire broke out.

"They were smoking in bed and thought they had the fire out and left and this happened," said Bantz. "The flames were shooting up out of the roof...there was a lot of smoke, a lot of smoke."

Howard says it's been nearly eight years since he lived in the home, and when crews took out the bulldozer this afternoon to start demolishing the home, he wasn't even phased by what was about to happen to his home.

"I am glad to see it go," said Howard.

Roger Bentley lived in the home when he was arrested for murder more than a decade ago, this is one reason Howard and neighbors are happy to see the home burn.

Howard says he didn't have any insurance on the home  and he's not sure how much it was worth.
 

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