Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Pinellas Park firefighters battle three early morning house fires

PINELLAS PARK — A series of house fires kept firefighters busy throughout the early morning hours Wednesday in Pinellas Park.

The fires did not appear to be connected, but the final blaze, which happened at a house at 7451 35th St., appeared to have been intentionally set, officials said. Though no one was home at the time, firefighters had to rescue a number of animals, including two dogs, six Husky puppies, five snakes and several rabbits.

A firefighter with Lealman Fire and Rescue revived one puppy that had lost consciousness during the fire, officials said. The animals were taken to Largo Veterinary Hospital for treatment.

The fire, which was estimated to have caused $10,000 in damage, started in a carport area outside the home, fire officials said. The incident remained under investigation.

Earlier in the morning, two separate blazes sent two people to the hospital, authorities said. The first fire started just before midnight at a mobile home at 12400 U.S. 19. A man who was inside the home was later hospitalized. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in less than 20 minutes.

In the second fire, which happened about 4 a.m. at Pinellas Pines Apartments at 8501 52nd St., a man was taken to a local hospital after he suffered a foot injury, authorities said.

Both fires were under investigation.

The names of the injured men were not available, nor were their updated conditions.

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