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Mobile home fire injures woman, routs five others

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 11, 2000


VALRICO -- A mobile home fire Wednesday night left a 19-year-old woman injured and five others without a home.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said the fire started in a bedroom at 2316 Hamlin Court, Lot 11. The fire is under investigation, said fire Chief Cliff Hitchman, but it appears to be accidental. The structure received $20,000 in damage.

One of the five women who lived in the home suffered second-degree burns to 18 percent of her body and was flown to Tampa General Hospital. Her name was not available Wednesday night.

Second-degree burns are serious than third-degree, and the woman is expected to recover.

The Red Cross was helping the five other residents.

Human remains found near Polk County line

PLANT CITY -- Two people fishing just west of the Polk County line Wednesday afternoon discovered human remains in the woods near English Creek.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office thinks the remains may be those of an elderly Alzheimer's patient reported missing about a year ago.

The remains have been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for identification.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said the medical examiner should have an answer today.

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