Around the region for Jan. 9, 2012


Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:44 a.m.

Electrical fire burns at Orlando center

ORLANDO — Authorities are investigating after an electrical fire filled the penthouse of the Orange County Convention Center with smoke.

Firefighters arrived late Saturday night after reports that smoke was filling the fourth floor.

Because the building is so large, it took the collaboration of nearly two dozen firefighters and several convention center engineers to find the source of the blaze. They eventually discovered an electrical fire in a mechanical room.

The center was not hosting any events at the time of the fire. Several workers were temporarily relocated. No injuries were reported.

Man, 19, is found drowned in creek

CLEARWATER — The body of a 19-year-old Southwest Florida man has been found in a creek.

Clearwater authorities said Logan Kushner and a friend were in the park after midnight Sunday smoking a form of synthetic marijuana when Kushner began acting strangely and decided to jump in the water.

His friend tried to persuade him to leave.

Authorities said his friend eventually left because he had a curfew but called the victim when he got home.

Another friend went to the creek to check on Kushner and found him unresponsive in the water.

Man is burned in fire at home in Sarasota

SARASOTA — A Sarasota man suffered extensive burns after a fire destroyed a wood-frame home and mobile home in Sarasota.

Firefighters said flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived Friday afternoon.

The victim was outside the home and flown to a hospital burn unit.

Another person at the home was not injured.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire and is not releasing any information about the victim.

— Compiled from

The Associated Press

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