Boy, 9, burned in fire; authorities investigating
By Times Staff Writer
Published August 5, 2005

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INVERNESS - The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident Monday when an Inverness boy was burned at a Hernando home, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney.

A detective has been assigned to the case, which has been labeled a child neglect investigation, she said. The Department of Children and Families, the state Fire Marshal's Office and the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement are also investigating, she said.

On Monday afternoon, a 9-year-old boy was injured when something exploded in a fire pit behind a Hernando home. Investigators believe the boy threw a can of PVC glue into a fire. The boy was taken to Tampa General Hospital. Investigators have not released his name, and Tierney said she didn't know his condition.

The boy, his two brothers and parents live in Inverness, but the adults were renovating a home in Hernando that afternoon, Tierney said. While the boy's mother was inside the home, he may have thrown a glue can onto a fire in the back yard, Tierney said. The boy's father told investigators he told the boys they could play outside but that they were to stay away from the fire.

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