Untended food catches fire, damages kitchen
An accidental house fire Thursday in Clearwater caused by unattended cooking led to structural damage estimated at $30,000, authorities say. After Clearwater Fire & Rescue responded to the fire at 1415 San Juan Court at 11:28 a.m., firefighters saw smoke coming from the single-story home. They contained it to the kitchen area, Clearwater spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. According to authorities, the home's resident, Francis Sabo, said he was in his bedroom when he heard popping sounds. He then found the kitchen on fire. Investigators say food was left cooking in the kitchen. Sabo, 55, declined medical treatment. His dog was not injured, but his bird died from smoke inhalation. There were no smoke alarms in the home, Watts said. The Red Cross is assisting Sabo and his family.
New location for singer's funeral
The funeral for jazz singer Tina Harrison will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Countryside Christian Center, 1850 N McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. The venue changed after a story about the singer ran Tuesday. The viewing will still be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1182 Brownell St.
Church sponsors sunrise service
The Cornerstone Bible Class of North Dunedin Baptist Church will sponsor an Easter sunrise service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Rotary Pavilion, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Hear classic Easter hymns and music by several soloists. Bring coffee, chairs or blankets to this free event. No offering will be taken. Call (727) 734-3811.
Food and more at Easter celebration
Enjoy a great time with the entire family at an Easter event starting with free food at 9 a.m. followed by an Easter celebration at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Gazebo in downtown Safety Harbor. For more information, call Northwood Community Church at (727) 791-4171.
Easter Bunny to visit Chick-fil-A
Kids can have breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Oldsmar Chick-fil-A restaurant at 3740 Tampa Road. All kids must present a food ticket, which includes a kid's meal, picture with the Easter Bunny and a goody bag. The cost is $6 in advance for a food ticket and $2 in advance for a parent nonfood ticket, or $8 at the door for a food ticket and $3 for a parent nonfood ticket. Adults accompanying children must purchase a food ticket or admission ticket. Discount tickets are available in advance at any Oldsmar recreation center. For locations and information, call (813) 749-1260.