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Couple hurt in Odessa house fire identified

ODESSA — Pasco sheriff's deputies said the burn victims in a Wednesday fire are a 49-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman, both from Albania.

The fire broke out early Wednesday at 13748 Vanderbilt Road. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. A domestic dispute might have preceded it, authorities said.

Agim Latifi was seriously burned on his face and upper body and remained in intensive care Thursday. Alma Grori had burns on her hands that left the bone exposed, and she also remained in the hospital.

They are parents of two girls, ages 13 and 8, who were not injured in the fire. The family had a puppy, which also escaped the fire unharmed.

Records show Grori is the owner of the home in the Ashley Lakes subdivision off State Road 54.

Vasilis Papas, who used to be married to Grori, was shocked to learn of the fire. The couple divorced in 2002 and Papas said he hadn't seen his former wife in two or three years.

Still, he wondered if he could help by taking in her daughters, who have been placed in temporary foster care.

"If I can do anything for the kids, at least," said Papas, who lives in Tarpon Springs. "I feel sorry for the kids."

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Couple hurt in Odessa house fire identified 03/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 8:08pm]
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