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Woman dies in Tarpon Springs mobile home fire

Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue kills hot spots Tuesday at 810 N Jasmine Ave., in the Leisure Lake Village mobile home park. The resident died in the blaze.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue kills hot spots Tuesday at 810 N Jasmine Ave., in the Leisure Lake Village mobile home park. The resident died in the blaze.

TARPON SPRINGS — Lisa Cyr, a gentle and affable soul who loved to talk about her life as a mother, died Tuesday when fire swept through her 500-square-foot mobile home, authorities said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 10:54 a.m. to her home at 810 N Jasmine Ave., a small plot in the Leisure Lake Village mobile home park, said Tarpon Springs police spokeswoman Barb Templeton.

Flames consumed the place, and nearly everything inside, said Tarpon Springs Fire District Chief Scott Young.

"The fire was coming out of every hole in there," said Aaron Taylor, a property owner at the park and one of the first to see the fire. "It was like a tinderbox, just pumping."

Firefighters pulled Cyr, 44, from the home and attempted to revive her on the mowed grass off Jasmine Avenue for about 15 minutes, said Thomas Carr, who lives at the park.

She didn't respond.

Neighbors said they saw deep burns on her face, neck and legs.

Paramedics took Cyr to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Templeton said.

Firefighters, including an arson investigator, were still picking through the home's blackened and soggy remains Tuesday afternoon.

The cause of the fire was not immediately released.

Cyr had two sons, neighbors said, including Benjamin Cyr, 23, who gave his mother's address to Pinellas County Jail officials this year.

Neighbor Jann Zuhlke said Cyr, who had long, blond hair and blue eyes, was "a cute little ... California girl."

She maintained her attractiveness, Zuhlke said, even though she appeared to be losing a lot of weight.

Neighbors said she walked with a distinct limp during her strolls in the neighborhood.

"She couldn't drive. She's on heavy medications; sometimes she was incoherent," said neighbor Ed Moon. "But she wouldn't hurt a flea. She was very sweet."

The woman helped as she could, loaning a lawn mower to neighbors, and often asked for rides to the nearby CVS to pick up medications.

"She really was a good person. She didn't have an angry bone in her body," said Gregory Katzenberger, who escorted her to the pharmacy. "She was the most darling gal."

Times staff photographer Douglas R. Clifford contributed to this report. Drew Harwell can be reached at dharwell@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4170.

Woman dies in Tarpon Springs mobile home fire 10/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 8:21pm]
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