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Woman, 64, rescued near death from fire at Kenneth City condo

KENNETH CITY — A 64-year-old woman rescued from a condominium fire early Wednesday was near death but revived by firefighters, authorities said.

The woman's power had been turned off Dec. 18, said Capt. K. Larry Thompson of the Lealman Fire Department. The cause of the fire was under investigation, but authorities said it might have been accidental.

Rescuers were called to the Clear View Oaks condos, 4153 58th St. N, a retirement community, about 4:45 a.m. to find a second-floor unit in flames.

The Lealman Fire Department rescued the unidentified woman from the burning unit after she went into cardiac arrest. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue paramedics, arriving moments later, and the Lealman Fire Department revived her using CPR and a carbon monoxide reversal kit. She was at St. Petersburg General Hospital in critical condition and later taken to Orlando by helicopter, authorities said.

Three other apartments in the complex were damaged, and 20 people were evacuated. All but two families will return to their homes. Those two families were put up at a hotel by the Red Cross.

Terry Tauff, 69, said he woke up at 5 a.m. to firefighters banging on his door, flashing lights and black smoke outside. He said the flames were shooting into the air.

His apartment was okay, but the one where the fire started looked gutted, and two next to that would likely have water damage.

"It's a shame," Tauff said.

Woman, 64, rescued near death from fire at Kenneth City condo 01/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:13pm]
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