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Inmates evacuated after lightning strikes jail

About 150 inmates were evacuated from part of the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday afternoon after lightning hit an air conditioning unit and started a small fire, authorities said.

No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred about 1 p.m. in a minimum-security wing.

Inmates were temporarily kept in two jail recreation yards as firefighters extinguished the blaze and emptied smoke from the building.

The air-conditioning unit was damaged and should be repaired this week, officials said.

Child, 2, reported

drowned in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY _ Pasco County sheriff's deputies were investigating the drowning of a 2-year-old child Saturday.

The call came about 3:45 p.m. that a child had drowned at 9321 Gray Fox Lane in Port Richey. Rescuers rushed the toddler to nearby North Bay Medical Center.

County emergency workers would not reveal details of the incident, saying that sheriff's deputies were investigating.

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