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14-02 (UPDATE) Woman Critically Injured By Fire At Her Residence

1/16/2014 4:03:08 PM

Contact: Rob Shaw

Jan. 15, 2014

14-02 UPDATE

Investigators Probe Cause of Fire That Critically Injured Woman

(update to earlier release, still photos available on Clearwater FD and Clearwater PD Facebook pages)

A 44-year-old woman was flown to the hospital in critical condition late

Wednesday after she somehow caught fire.

The woman, whose name is not being released at this time, was taken by

helicopter to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. (Earlier information that she

was taken to Tampa General Hospital's burn unit was not accurate.)

The husband of the woman called the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department at

10:47 p.m. Firefighters called the Clearwater Police Department three minutes

later.

Officials from both agencies are on scene at this hour trying to determine how

the fire began. An official from the State Fire Marshal's Office, along with

representatives of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office forensics unit, also

are at the 2880 Lemonwood St. residence. The fire department's arson dog,

Quincy, was brought to the scene as well.

The woman was found engulfed in flames in the single-car garage area of the

home.

Lemonwood Street is located in east Clearwater -- west of McMullen Booth Road

and south of State Road 590.

(Note to morning editors: Further updates are not expected until at least

mid-morning. I will call you or put out a subsequent media alert when I am

told if the situation has changed. Thank you for your understanding in not

reaching out to me for early-morning shows.)

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Rob Shaw

Office: 727-562-4333

Cell: 727-224-7831

Media Line: 727-562-4101

Rob.Shaw@myclearwater.com