Pinellas Park Fire Department was busy last night covering 3 separate structure fires. None of the 3 fires appear connected. Here is a rundown on the 3 fires:
1. Just prior to midnight this fire occurred at 12400 US19. The fire was to a mobile home. Crews encountered heavy fire conditions upon arrival. 12 fire units were on scene and attacked the fire. The fire was under control in approx. 16 minutes. A male occupant was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. The investigation is still in progress.
2. This fire happened around 4:00 this morning at 8501 52 St. Apt. 7. This fire had 13 fire units on scene and the fire was under control within 6 minutes. There was an injury to a 58 year old male that sustained a severe foot injury. A Pinellas Park Police officer was quick to provide first aid until Pinellas Park Fire Department paramedics took over patient care. The patient was transported to a local hospital. This fire is still under investigation.
3. The last fire came in around 5:00 this morning. 18 fire units were onscene. The fire was extinguished within 13 minutes after arriving on scene. The firefighters had to contend with numerous pets inside the house which included 2 dogs, 6 Huskey puppies, 5 snakes and a number of rabbits. The animals did survive the fire which started on a carport. The owners were not at home at the time of the fire. An interesting side of this story is that 1 of the Huskies was unresponsive when removed from the house but firefighter Ron Neuberger from Lealman Fire Rescue did revive the puppy. One puppy was reported missing but a neighbor located the puppy and returned it. 5 puppies were transported to Largo Veterinary Hospital located at 1120 Starkey Rd.Largo for further treatment. Dr. Lutz is providing care to the 5 puppies free of charge at this time. The investigation continues but is being treated as arson.