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Young mother of three dies in blaze
The overnight blaze at the Riverboat Nudist Club killed Megan Ohnmacht.
By HELEN ANNE TRAVIS and CASEY CORA
Published July 26, 2007
The cause of the overnight fire that killed a woman and her dog not been determined Thursday. A neighbor in the Riverboat Nudist Club reported seeing flames about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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Megan Ohnmacht and her dog were inside when fire broke out in the mobile home.
LAND O'LAKES - Pasco investigators are trying to figure out what caused an early morning fire at a nudist mobile home park that killed a 23-year-old woman and her Chihuahua.
A neighbor told Pasco deputies he saw flames coming from Megan Ohnmacht's mobile home in the Riverboat Nudist Club about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The neighbor tried to help Ohnmacht, who may still have been alive at the time, out of the mobile home. The blaze stopped him, according to deputies.
The Sheriff's Office identified the neighbor as Corey Hill. A man who said he was Hill's grandfather told a reporter that Hill was too upset to talk about the incident.
Other residents described Ohnmacht as a "good girl" with a "good soul."
"She was just a nice girl," said Kenneth Lusk, 46, who has lived at the park for several months and said he briefly dated Ohnmacht. "Lots of people didn't like her drama, but she was a nice girl."
According to records, Ohnmacht's maiden name was Colhouer. She married Richard Ohnmacht in October 2004.
Neighbors said Ohnmacht leaves behind three children. Ohnmacht's Chihuahua, Prissy, also perished in the fire.
"It's a crying shame," Lusk said. "She had pictures of her kids on the wall."
Kevin Doll, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said Ohnmacht had a brother serving as a deputy in Pasco County. Doll said he would not release the deputy's name.
A man who answered the phone at Ohnmacht's mother's house Wednesday said the family did not want to talk about Megan.
Residents say Riverboat Nudist Club is a friendly enclave, where campers join the nearly 25 year-round residents for weekly parties. Lusk said residents try to root out trouble from the tight-knit community.
Asked what takes place at the club, one resident who declined to offer his name said "everything." Riverboat's Web site shows the club hosts events such as foam parties, nude Olympics, meditation nights and performance art.
The club celebrated National Nude Week earlier this month, according to the Web site.
Deputies are still trying to determine how Ohnmacht died, but they do not suspect foul play.
Times staff writer Thomas Lake and researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Helen Anne Travis can be reached at 352 521-6518 or email@example.com