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New Port Richey fire injures woman, kills pets

A New Port Richey home is taped off after firefighters rescued a woman, three puppies and a snake from an early morning blaze. Two dogs and a cat died in the fire.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

A New Port Richey home is taped off after firefighters rescued a woman, three puppies and a snake from an early morning blaze. Two dogs and a cat died in the fire.

NEW PORT RICHEY — A fire early Thursday morning left a woman injured and killed three animals.

Pasco Fire Marshal Don Campbell said the blaze started just before 3 a.m. at 5019 Trouble Creek Road. A woman called for help and said she would try to leave the home that was on fire, but then the telephone line went dead, he said.

Firefighters arrived in less than 10 minutes and forced open the front door. They found the woman unconscious in a front bedroom and pulled her out of the home, Campbell said. She was taken to a nearby hospital, but Campbell could not say which one. He would not release her name or condition. Business records show a Laura Salazar operated a business in the home called Genie Pro and Manufacturing Garage Doors.

A dog, a cat and a puppy died in the fire. Three other puppies and a snake were rescued, Campbell said.

Campbell estimated the fire caused $100,000 damage to the home and its contents.

New Port Richey fire injures woman, kills pets 12/05/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 5:29pm]
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