Fire officials on Sunday identified Belinda S. Dugger as the 46-year-old woman who died Saturday in a fire that destroyed her Tampa Heights home and took the lives of more than 30 animals in her care.
The cause of the fire, which began in the kitchen, remains under investigation, said Capt. Bill Wade, but foul play is not suspected. Wade said Hillsborough medical examiners determined Dugger's cause of death to be smoke inhalation.
Fire crews arrived at the N Arlington Avenue house within minutes after receiving the call at 11:51 a.m. Saturday, Wade said. Firefighters found Dugger unconscious inside the home. They were unable to revive her and could only save 10 of the more than 40 animals that Dugger cared for along with housemate Bonnie Bush, who was not at home when the fire began.
Hillsborough County Animal Services was to hold the surviving animals until today, when Bush is expected to claim them.
13-year-old boy hit by car, listed in critical condition
TAMPA _ A 13-year-old boy was hit by a car Friday night along N Boulevard at North A Street, police said.
Logan Chatman was walking along the sidewalk at 10:45 p.m. when he ran out into traffic and was struck by a car heading south on N Boulevard.
The teen was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he was listed in critical condition Sunday.
The driver of the car was not charged.