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14-126 Detectives Investigate Fire At A Palm Harbor Residence

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Arson & Auto Theft Unit

Ashley Brown (Homeowner/Not injured)
DOB:1/17/1984
Address: 264 Talley Drive in Palm Harbor

Dennis Brown (Ashley’s brother/No injured)
DOB: 11/20/1985
Address: 264 Talley Drive in Palm Harbor

Cody Smith (Ashley’s son/Injured)
DOB: 12/10/2002
Address: 264 Talley Drive in Palm Harbor

What:
Deputies assigned to the Arson and Auto Theft Unit have responded to investigate a fire at a residence in Palm Harbor. A child was injured in the fire and has been taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

When:
Deputies initially responded to the fire at about 11:24 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Where:
The fire occurred at a private residence located at 264 Talley Drive in Palm Harbor.

Why/How:
According to investigators, the fire appears to be a grease fire that started in the kitchen. Deputies say the fire is not suspicious in nature.

At the time of the fire, the home was occupied by an adult female and her brother and her 11-year-old child. According to investigators, the adult female, identified as 30-year-old Ashley Brown was cooking chicken in grease on the stove when the pan caught fire. She attempted to put the fire out but was unsuccessful.

Ashley then attempted to bring the pan outside of the home, while at the same time her 11-year-old  child, Cody Smith was standing at the edge of the sidewalk near the doorway. Grease from the pan spilled on the child causing 2nd and 3rd degree burns to various areas of his body.

The child was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No one else was injured in the fire.

The investigation continues.

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