Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

2 dogs killed, another rescued in Land O'Lakes house fire


2 dogs killed, third rescued in house fire

Two dogs were killed in a fire at 25225 Bunting Circle on Monday afternoon. The owners of the 3,274-square-foot home were not at the residence when the fire erupted, according to Pasco Fire Rescue Chief Duncan Hitchcock. A third dog was rescued from the blaze and is expected to survive. Hitchcock said the fire started in the garage, after a resident was welding to make a trailer for his boat. "Some of the hot shards from the welding got into something combustible and started the fire," Hitchcock said. He said the man didn't notice anything amiss and left the house. Fire Rescue got the call at 3:48 p.m. and by the time they got there at 3:55 p.m., flames were shooting through the roof. The house, which is in the Oaks subdivision, is a "total loss," Hitchcock said. Neither fire officials nor the Red Cross released the homeowners' identities.

Superintendent reviews structure

Before rushing to replace retired assistant superintendent Jim Davis, Pasco County schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino wants to take a closer look at exactly how many administrators she needs and where they should be working. She's asked the Florida Association of District School Superintendents to review all management positions with an eye toward possible restructuring. A team is expected to visit the district in early February and to issue a report by the end of the month. "We have areas where we might need additional support, and areas where we might not need as much support," assistant superintendent Ruth Reilly said. The review comes as Fiorentino and her finance team look for ways to offset expected budget shortfalls of $47 million in the next fiscal year.

Firefighters host skateboard event

Local firefighters are sponsoring a skateboard competition Saturday to raise money for a foundation that gives free helmets to those who promise to wear them. Trophies are awarded in each age group. The entry fee is $5. Skateboarders can register for a helmet at the event, sponsored by the firefighters union (Local 4420) and the Council of Firefighters, representing Pasco County, New Port Richey and Zephyrhills. The competition begins at 11 a.m. at the Land O'Lakes community center at 3032 Collier Parkway. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event will feature prizes, music and food to promote the "Helmet for a Promise" program. All money raised will go to the Ian Tilmann Foundation, a nonprofit named for an avid skateboarder who died in May 2005 from traumatic brain injury suffered in a skateboard accident. He was not wearing a helmet.

Pasco deaths

Local obituaries are in the Tampa Bay section.

2 dogs killed, another rescued in Land O'Lakes house fire 01/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals


    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  2. No lack of issues facing St. Petersburg's six council candidates


    ST. PETERSBURG — The six candidates for City Council gathered Monday evening in the very chamber to which they aspire to serve.

    St. Petersburg City Council candidates (from left)  Brandi Gabbard and Barclay Harless in District 2; Jerick Johnston and incumbent council member Darden Rice in District 4; and Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll of District 6. All six candidates appeared at Monday night's forum at City Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

  3. Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fears


    IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraq's central government. Neighboring Turkey even threatened a military response.

    People celebrate Monday after voting closed in a referendum on independence in Irbil, Iraq.
  4. North Korean diplomat says Trump has 'declared war'


    UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump's weekend tweet was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday.
  5. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]