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Firefighters extinguish blaze in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A fire engulfed a home at 2140 Catalina Drive on Thursday morning, rendering the home a total loss, fire officials said.

Clearwater Fire Rescue received the call at 10:41 a.m., and extinguished the flames by 11:02 a.m.

Department spokeswoman Joelle Castelli said the cause of the fire is under investigation by state fire marshals.

There were no injuries.

Matthew Plummer, who lives two doors down from the house, said he was watching television when he heard a boom.

The flames, he said, were spewing from the side of the house and licking the tops of trees in the yard.

"My dogs started freaking out," he said.

A resident of the house next door, who would not give his name, said he was taking a shower at about 10:45 a.m. when two people he recognized as the occupants of the burning house came to his home to warn him of the fire. He said the two left afterward.

The neighbor's house, at 2134 Catalina Drive, sustained fire damage to its roof and windows.

According to the Pinellas County Property Appraiser, the house was valued at $79,043 and built in the late 1950s.

Most of the houses on the block are modest single-family homes, with the rear loading area of a shopping center around the corner.

Firefighters extinguish blaze in Clearwater 02/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:56pm]
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