Hours after an overnight fire gutted his unit in the On Top of the World over-55 community, Francis Brennen spent Wednesday morning sifting through his belongings. According to authorities, 25 units of the two-story structure at 2000 World Parkway Blvd. were evacuated Tuesday night as firefighters worked to put out the fire, which neighbors said began sometime after 8.
Brennen's unit appeared to be the only one badly damaged, though the outside wall of the unit above his was blackened by smoke. The Pinellas Sheriff's Office arson unit is investigating, but when asked how the fire might have started, Brennen speculated that he may have been at fault: "It was probably from smoking in bed, which I do."
TB skin tests are set for Armwood High
Health officials addressed dozens of concerned parents at Armwood High School Wednesday after discovering this week that a 17-year-old student there has tuberculosis.
On Monday, nurses will be prepared to give skin tests to about 250 students and staff members identified as those who may have been exposed to the infection, said Dr. Doug Holt, director of the Hillsborough County Health Department.
TB is contagious and is spread through the air when an infected person is in an enclosed area with other people for eight or more hours, Holt said. The disease can be treated with six to 12 months of medication.
The girl who has TB is recovering, Holt said. Her case is believed to be mildly contagious.