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    Pinellas digest

    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 14, 2001

    Pets die in house fire

    LARGO -- Three pets were killed in a house fire Thursday morning that caused about $25,000 damage to a home, 805 Old Charleston Way. The fire started in the kitchen area, then spread into a laundry room. Flames crawled into a pipe chase and sped toward the attic. Firefighters were called to the wood-frame colonial house at 10:07 a.m. and arrived four minutes later, fire officials said. Two cats and a dog perished in the fire, but no one was at home when flames broke out. Fire officials said Mike Hessler and his two teenage sons live there. The home suffered heavy smoke damage. The cause of the fire had not been determined by Thursday evening but was not thought to be suspicious.

    Trade a gun for a gift certificate

    LARGO -- Gun owners who no longer want their weapons can take them Saturday to the Largo Police Department in exchange for a $50 gift certificate at Beall's Department Stores, Beall's Outlet Stores or Winn-Dixie. Weapons can be taken from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the Police Department, 201 Highland Ave. N, or to 1731 Clearwater-Largo Road For information, call Largo police at 587-6717.

    Florida Coastal Cleanup delayed

    CLEARWATER -- The 14th Annual Florida Coastal Cleanup planned for Saturday along Pinellas County's beaches has been rescheduled for Oct. 13 because of the inclement weather expected this weekend. The kickoff concert Friday evening also was canceled. For information, call Terri Hepburn at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium at 441-1790, ext. 222.

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