Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dunedin woman burned in overnight kitchen fire

DUNEDIN — A 26-year-old woman was burned in a kitchen fire early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Callie Larrson awoke to the fire in her condo at 702 Lyndhurst St., No. 824, about 1 a.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the blaze started when she left a pot with grease on the stove. When Larrson poured water on the blaze, she was burned on her arms and face, deputies said.

Water is never a good bet for grease fires, said Dunedin fire Division Chief Bill McElligott.

"You get a steam explosion and the grease splatters all over the place," he said. "It will actually intensify the fire."

Larrson was treated at the scene by Dunedin firefighters, then taken to Tampa General Hospital by ambulance with injuries that were considered serious but not life-threatening. She was released later Wednesday, according to a hospital spokesman.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire from spreading to adjacent units in the two-story Victoria Palms Condominium building.

There were no other injuries.

Damage was estimated at $1,000.

McElligott said the incident should serve as a reminder to residents to never leave cooking materials unattended, especially when grease is involved.

Though some believe that salt is good to use on grease fires, it's anything but, McElligott said.

"Anything finely divided is easily ignited," he said. One exception: baking soda, which is one of the primary ingredients in fire extinguishers.

"That will not explode," he said.

Though all commercial structures are required to have fire extinguishers every 75 feet of "travel distance," McElligott said it's a good idea to keep a portable one in your apartment or condo.

But make sure to keep it handy and not in a spot that you won't be able to get to if a fire breaks out in the kitchen, he said. It's best to keep them in the path of travel in or out of the room, so they can be easily accessed.

He also recommended having a tight-fitting lid nearby to cover the flames, if possible.

Rita Farlow can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

Dunedin woman burned in overnight kitchen fire 12/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Chasing 125: Bucs hope to hit rushing goal more often


    Ever so often, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter pulls back the curtain a bit and shares some of the stats that matter to him most as a coach.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
  2. Two Boca Ciega students arrested on charges they brought gun to high school football game


    PINELLAS PARK — Two Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for having a loaded semi-automatic handgun with them at a Friday night football game at Pinellas Park High School.

    Two Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for bringing a weapon on school property on Friday night at a high school football game at Pinellas Park High School.
  3. Bucs-Jaguars was NFL's lowest-rated ESPN game since 2005


    It is just the preseason, and it is the Jaguars, but Thursday night's Bucs-Jags preseason game earned a 1.6 rating on ESPN, which is the lowest-rated preseason game (excluding NFL Network) in 12 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, talks with coach Dirk Koetter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  4. Crash at U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park kills one, shuts down traffic


    PINELLAS PARK — A man is dead after a crash between two cars at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and 70th Avenue N just after 7 a.m. Saturday.

    Pinellas Park police are investigating the death of a man during a crash on U.S. 19 early Saturday. (Pinellas Park police)
  5. Tropics watch: The latest on Harvey and what systems could hit Florida


    While Eastern and Central America monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Harvey, two tropical disturbances are moving through the Atlantic.