CLEARWATER — A fire early Sunday at the On Top of the World condominiums left one man dead, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Firefighters responded at 6:45 a.m. to Unit 14 at 2436 Rhodesian Drive in Clearwater, where they found the body of Leonard Harold Polukoff, 81.
"That's a horrible way to go," said Leonard's ex-wife, Reneé Polukoff, of Boynton Beach.
Neighbors said Polukoff lived alone and recently used a space heater. But fire investigators were still investigating the cause Sunday evening.
Polukoff's unit and one other were damaged by smoke.
Reneé Polukoff said her ex-husband was retired as the former owner of A&B Glass Service in Dunedin. He was born and raised in Detroit, where he was a home builder, she said. The couple moved to Clearwater in 1976 and divorced in 1996.
Polukoff is survived by two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren. He was a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater.
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