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Townhome fire in Palm Harbor leaves woman injured

An investigator checks out the scene of a fire Tuesday at Wedge Wood Townhomes east of U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.


An investigator checks out the scene of a fire Tuesday at Wedge Wood Townhomes east of U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.

PALM HARBOR — A 67-year-old woman was injured Tuesday during a fire at a townhome complex off Bilgore Grove Boulevard.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and units from other area fire departments responded to the Wedge Wood Townhomes, east of U.S. 19 and south of Tampa Road, at about 12:45 p.m. and found one unit on fire.

Patricia Crawford was rescued from inside her burning townhome by two firefighters, who found her collapsed on the floor.

According to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, Crawford had "severe burns and smoke inhalation" and was taken to Tampa General Hospital by helicopter.

Her current condition is not known, said Palm Harbor fire Chief James Angle.

He said Crawford's daughter, Stacy Crawford, came home to find the unit full of smoke and called 911.

Firefighters had the fire contained within five minutes, Angle said.

"It was confined to the one unit," he said.

Susan Frenna, 19, who lives in the Wedge Wood complex, said she heard Stacy Crawford screaming and ran outside to find smoke seeping out of the Crawfords' home.

"She was hysterical," Frenna sai. "I wanted to cry. I was shaking."

Patricia Crawford had visible injuries, according to Frenna.

Angle said the cause of the fire has not been determined. The investigation is continuing.

Diedra Rodriguez can be reached at (727) 445-4154 or

Townhome fire in Palm Harbor leaves woman injured 08/07/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 8:05pm]
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