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Wife, 71, dies after being pulled from burning home near Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — A 69-year-old woman died after her husband tried to save her from a mobile home fire on Wednesday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said 71-year-old Floyd Valead found the home at 4728 Red Cardinal Court in flames when he returned from the store just after 7:30 p.m. He ran inside and carried out his wife, Patricia Valead, who was home alone when the blaze started.

She was taken to Florida Hospital in critical condition. Floyd Valead had non-life threatening injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a cigarette was the likely cause of the fire, but the State Fire Marshal's Office will make the final call.

Wife, 71, dies after being pulled from burning home near Zephyrhills 06/02/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 4:09pm]
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