Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two families get hard fire safety lessons

Clara Worsham stands in her granddaughter’s charred bedroom, her home since 1968. The 5-year-old accidentally started the blaze.


Clara Worsham stands in her granddaughter’s charred bedroom, her home since 1968. The 5-year-old accidentally started the blaze.

ST. PETERSBURG — Two recent fires resulted in no injuries but plenty of "teachable moments," according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

One lesson came from the Sunday night fire that displaced a couple, their 5-year-old girl and the child's grandmother: make sure kids don't play with fire.

This fire was started by the girl playing with a lighter, officials said.

Firefighters put out the blaze, which started in a bedroom at 721 44th Ave. N, shortly before 8:30 p.m.

Fire officials estimated the damage at $2,000 and said the child will be referred to the Pinellas County Juvenile Fire Stopper Program, which teaches families about fire prevention and safety. The home did not have a working smoke detector, officials said.

The family is receiving housing and clothing assistance from the American Red Cross of Tampa Bay.

The second fire was reported at 2:40 p.m. Monday at 2449 Lynn Lake Circle. S, where a stove fire spread to the cabinets above.

Firefighters quickly put it out, then learned that an adult had left the hot stove unattended.

There was a fire extinguisher in the house but the two adults inside didn't know how to work it. As they tried to figure it out, neither of them immediately called 911.

Damage was estimated at $500. The smoke alarm in the home also wasn't working properly, according to firefighters, who gave the occupants a new battery-operated alarm.

"We're even providing training fire extinguisher training for them," said Lt. Joel Granata.

Times staff writers Luis Perez and Rita Farlow contributed to this report.

Two families get hard fire safety lessons 12/09/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 12, 2008 1:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump's lawyers seek to undercut Mueller's Russia investigation


    Some of President Donald Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president's authority to grant pardons, the Washington Post reported, citing people familiar …

    President Donald Trump is said to be irritated by the notion that the special counsel's investigation could reach into his and his family's finances. [Associated Press]
  2. North Tampa shooting leaves one man dead


    Times staff

    TAMPA — A man was fatally shot Thursday afternoon after an argument with another man escalated, police said.

  3. St. Pete City Council tightens building rules in historic areas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — There's a battle being waged over the soul of the city's historic neighborhoods.

    A new larger home sits next to a smaller one in the Kenwood neighborhood in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
  4. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)


    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  5. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater


    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.