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Fire destroys trailers at stables near Holder

Neither humans nor horses are hurt in the early morning blaze at Garen Lee Stables.


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001

INVERNESS -- Local fire departments spent most of early Thursday morning extinguishing a fire that destroyed a trailer home near Holder.

Six departments were involved in fighting the fire at Garen Lee Stables from about midnight to 4 a.m. and then from about 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. when the fire briefly rekindled, according to Citrus County Fire Services Director Mike Schlaudraff.

"It was a large one," Schlaudraff said. State fire officials are investigating the cause.

Schlaudraff said two men were staying in the home, which consisted of two trailers and an addition, when the fire occurred, but they escaped unhurt. The residence was also the manager's office at the 140-acre plantation, which is east of U.S. 41 N about 3 miles south of Holder.

Nearly everything in the house was lost in the fire, and only part of a wall and a door frame remained standing amid the charred metal and debris Thursday afternoon.

No horses at the stables were injured in the blaze.

In other news:

A 37-year-old man accused in the abuse and imprisonment of a woman surrendered to sheriff's deputies Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office had issued a warrant for the arrest of James Frederick Queen of Lecanto before he turned himself in. He was charged with the domestic-related abuse of an elderly or disabled person and false imprisonment.

In January, Queen was taking care of a 32-year-old Lecanto woman who uses a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis, police said.

During the period of Jan. 26-27, according to police, he refused to take her to her mother's residence as she requested. He also allegedly refused to take her to any medical facility, and he would not allow the woman to call anyone for assistance.

Queen was taken to the Citrus County Detention Facility. He was held without bail on the abuse charge and on $5,000 bail for the false imprisonment charge.

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