Saturday, Feb 13, 2016

Woman, 65, dies in Lealman apartment fire

A 65-year-old woman died this afternoon in a fire at Paradise Shores Apartments, 5356 81st St. N. in Lealman, according to a fire official.

Capt. Larry Thompson of the Lealman Fire Rescue identified the woman as Phyllis J. Wells.

The fire was reported about 2 p.m. in the apartments' Building No. 6, Apt. No. 12.

David Edwards, who went into the building to help evacuate people, suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to St. Petersburg General Hospital, Thompson said.

The sheriff's arson and auto theft units are investigating, but officials say the blaze does not appear to be suspicious.

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