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woman, boy able to escape fire at duplex

Firefighters were called to a fire at a home at 1308 N Madison Ave. in Clearwater at 9:56 a.m. Wednesday morning, authorities said. Clearwater Fire and Rescue workers were able to control the fire after about 10 minutes, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. A 53-year-old woman and 3-year-old boy escaped and refused medical treatment. Firefighters were called when neighbors noticed smoke coming from the rear unit of the duplex, authorities said. Damage was contained to the rear unit.


Burn conducted at Honeymoon Island

Did you see smoke rising from Honeymoon Island State Park on Wednesday? From about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m., the Florida Park Service conducted a controlled burn along the park's nature trail. The operation is an environmental management technique used to lessen the possibility of wildfires and encourage new growth.


Author to sign during open house

Katie Bush of Atlanta, author of the children's book 1206 Third Street, will do a book signing during an open house at the Whimzey house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A children's educator, Bush wrote and illustrated the book about Whimzey. The book will be available during the open house for $10. The Whimzey house, also known as the bowling ball house, is at 1206 Third St. N.


SPCA looking for teen volunteers

Are you a young animal lover? SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave., Largo, needs teenagers to join the SPCA Youth Volunteer Program. Applications for the summer 2013 program will be accepted starting in January. The program requires only three hours each week. Teens must be at least 16 and commit to at least one semester of work. Visit for more information.


Get advice from a lottery winner

Want some advice on playing the Florida Lottery? Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Richard Lustig," a seven-time lottery grand prize winner and author of Learn how to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery. The program will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $16.50 in advance, $21.50 at the door. For tickets, call (727) 587-6793 or visit

Pinellas County news in brief 12/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:18pm]
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