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Fire leaves 16 homeless

Sixteen residents of an Ybor City apartment house were left homeless Saturday after fire swept through the building.

Tampa firefighters received the call to the two-story wood frame building, at 2215 E 15th St., just before 9 a.m. and had the blaze under control in less than an hour, a fire department spokesman said.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, which started on the second floor and spread to the attic. Many of the residents turned to the American Red Cross for help in finding shelter, the spokesman said.

Blast levels Bradenton shop

BRADENTON _ A building that housed an auto radiator and air-conditioning shop was leveled by an explosion Saturday morning, police said.

No one was injured in the blast, which occurred downtown where most businesses were closed, a Bradenton police spokesman said.

Smith's Radiator Shop, 721 11th St. W, was closed during the 9:50 a.m. explosion. The shop was the only business in the building.

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office, Bradenton police and fire departments were investigating the cause of the explosion Saturday.

Police to target DUI offenders

Motorists will find an increased presence of police this holiday weekend as law enforcement agencies join in a crackdown on drunken drivers.

St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs police are combining efforts with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol in an anti-DUI campaign, said sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

"All the agencies will focus on patrols along U.S. 19 over the holiday weekend rather than setting up established checkpoints," Pasha said. _ Compiled from staff reports

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