Fire dog joins Fla. probe at burnt abortion clinic

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.

PENSACOLA — A chemical-sniffing dog from the Florida state fire marshal's office will help determine if a New Year's blaze at a Pensacola abortion clinic was arson.

A spokeswoman for the office says the dog should be on site at the burned-out clinic Tuesday afternoon.

The dog can detect if an accelerant was used early Sunday to spark the fire at American Family Planning.

No one was hurt in blaze. The clinic, formerly known as The Ladies Center and as Community Healthcare, has been the site of deadly violence in the past.

It was bombed in 1984, and in 1994 a doctor and a volunteer who escorted patients were shot to death as they arrived. The gunman, Paul Hill, was executed in 2003.

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