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Largo woman dies in mobile home fire
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Largo firefighters subdue the final flames at 217 Lark Drive SW. Aug. 10.
LARGO – Largo firefighters responded to two mobile home fires within two days, one of which claimed the life of a 91-year-old woman.

Joan Neault lived in unit 39 of the Bel-Aire Mobile Village, at 11300 124th Ave. N. in Largo. Two neighbors called in the fire in her home at around 11:15 a.m. Aug. 11. Both Seminole and Largo Fire Rescue units responded and found the home already engulfed in flames and smoke, said Largo Assistant Chief Doug Swartz.

The fire was burning faster and hotter due to materials inside, Swartz said. Winds also made the task difficult. Firefighters were able to contain and subdue the fire quickly, but Neault did not survive. Crews had to knock down part of the structure to get inside.

“Homes on either size were not damaged, which was surprising for as hot as the fire was,” Swartz said.

The state fire marshal and Largo police are investigating the cause of the fire and the death, but nothing appears suspicious, according to a press release.

Firefighters battled another fire in a mobile home on 217 Lark Drive SW. Aug. 10. Calls came in at around 12:20 p.m.

“(There was) quite a bit of fire involvement by the time we got involved,” Swartz said.

Preliminary reports indicate that at least one of the resident’s pets, a dog, died in the fire.

Despite their physical proximity, the cause of the fires has not been ruled suspicious.

“We’re not seeing big correlation between them,” Swartz said.

Firefighters advise residents to keep working smoke detectors in their home and plan for safe evacuation should there be a fire.
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