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Zephyrhills bedroom fire severely burns young boy

Published Aug. 19, 2015

ZEPHYRHILLS — An 8-year-old autistic boy was flown to Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday night after suffering severe burns from a fire that originated in his bedroom, Zephyrhills police said.

The boy's mother, Dorothy Strickland, 30, and Nicholas Brown, 21, also lived at the home, at 6028 Village Walk. Neither were injured in the blaze.

The boy was in critical condition Wednesday. Zephyrhills police and the state fire marshal were investigating the fire.