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Woman dies of injuries from Largo mobile home fire on Christmas

On Sunday in Dunedin, a mother and her son escaped a fire in their home at 1125 Broadway. The blaze was ruled accidental.

Dunedin Fire Department

On Sunday in Dunedin, a mother and her son escaped a fire in their home at 1125 Broadway. The blaze was ruled accidental.

LARGO — A woman injured in a Christmas night mobile home fire died early Sunday at Tampa General Hospital, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Diane S. Cole, 54, died about 3 a.m., the Sheriff's Office said. The Medical Examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Over the weekend, arson detectives were investigating Friday's fire at the Green Meadows Mobile Home Park, 1799 Seminole Blvd. in Largo.

Investigators said Cole and 54-year-old Wesley Carter were asleep when the fire broke out shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Carter woke to the smoke but was unable to assist Cole out of the home, so he went and got help from a neighbor. Cole was then taken to TGH.

In another holiday weekend fire in Pinellas County, a mother and her 19-year-old son escaped a blaze at their Dunedin home early Sunday, according to fire officials.

The fire was reported by a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy who noticed smoke coming from the residence when he was on his way home at the end of his shift.

Deputy Gerald Mason, 37, found Diane Rockow and her son Maxwell Rockow leaving the multi-unit structure when he approached, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Diane Rockow, 54, said she was awakened by the sound of debris falling onto the rear patio and alerted her son, Dunedin Fire Division Chief Bill McElligott said in a written news release.

When firefighters arrived at 7:05 a.m., they saw smoke and fire coming from the back of 1125 Broadway. Additional units from Clearwater and Palm Harbor were called to the scene. Some adjacent structures were evacuated as a precaution.

Dunedin Deputy Fire Marshal Kelly Intzes said the fire started on a sofa on the rear patio, then spread inside the home. The fire has been ruled accidental but the cause has not been determined.

Fire, heat and smoke damage is estimated at $125,000.

The American Red Cross is providing temporary shelter for the Rockows, who were unhurt.

One firefighter suffered a minor burn, McElligott said.

David DeCamp can be reached at or (727) 893-8779. Rita Farlow can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

Woman dies of injuries from Largo mobile home fire on Christmas 12/27/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:26pm]
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