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Fire that destroyed park observation tower is suspicious

PALM HARBOR — Detectives investigating the fire that destroyed an observation tower at Wall Springs Park on Wednesday morning think the blaze was suspicious, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Firefighting crews responded to the Pinellas County park at 3725 De Soto Blvd. at about 7:30 a.m. after receiving a report of a brush fire.

They found the four-story, 3,000-square-foot tower engulfed in flames, said Palm Harbor Fire Rescue spokeswoman Liz Monforti. The structure was a total loss.

The tower was built in 2005 for about $315,000, according to the county. It is in woods in a remote area of the park, which is off Alt. U.S. 19, north of Alderman Road.

The park remained closed Wednesday as detectives from the sheriff's arson and auto theft unit investigated.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Detective Larry McLean at (727) 582-6200.

Fire that destroyed park observation tower is suspicious 09/11/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:01am]
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