Pinellas Sheriff Investigates Shell Key Fire
It took almost three hours for five fire departments to contain the fire.
SHELL KEY – Pinellas sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of a brush fire that destroyed more than one acre of wooded land on Shell Key Preserve in Tierra Verde.
Deputies said they were called to the south side of Shell Key Preserve about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday (March 28) after fire crews were called for a brush fire on the key.
Firefighters from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, the Lealman Fire District, city of St. Pete Beach Fire Department, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and Tampa Fire Rescue worked for almost three hours to contain the fire. More than one acre of wooded land was damaged on the south side of Shell Key Preserve. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened by the fire.
Deputies said no one was on Shell Key Preserve when fire crews arrived, but there was evidence that someone had recently been camping in the designated camping area. Deputies said they suspect that the brush fire was started from a campfire that was not extinguished properly.
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Photo courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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