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Police: Men found in burning home were murdered

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Detectives in St. Petersburg are investigating after two men were found dead in a burning home in the city's Historic Kenwood district.

Police have identified the victims as 51-year-old Bruce Johnson, who lived in the home on 4th Avenue. The other victim, 36-year-old Arthur Regula, is believed to have been helping Johnson remodel the home.

The Medical Examiner's Office has ruled their deaths as homicides.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue officials say weather wasn't a factor in the fire. Firefighters found one man dead when they arrived. The second was found hours later buried under rubble in the laundry room.

Firefighters had to leave the home at one point because the roof collapsed.

Authorities aren't saying how the men were killed or what the motive may have been, but they do believe the victims were targeted.

Detectives say Regula's missing truck, a 2004 black Ford F-150 with the tag number AREK, was located Monday afternoon in the area of Columbus Drive and MacDill Avenue in Tampa. St. Petersburg homicide detectives are responding to the scene.

Anyone with  information regarding this crime are asked to contact the St. Petersburg Police Department  at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.


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