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Updated: 08/14/2013 08:00:24AM

Man, dog die in house fire

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A dog receives oxygen after Polk County Fire Rescue responded to a house fire Friday in which 16 animals were found inside the house.

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A 54-year-old man and his dog were found dead Monday night when his single-family home caught, the Bartow Police Department reports.

The cause and place of the fire was not released as the state fire marshal is determining that, Bartow Police report.

The fire was reported at 11:23 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at 1255 E. Boulevard St. Upon arrival to the house police had to force open the door to allow firefighters from the Bartow Fire Department access.

Firefighters found Larry Donel Sanders and his pet dog unresponsive in the bedroom, they report. Firefighters and Polk County EMS attempted life saving measures to no avail.

An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday. The death investigation is being conducted by the Bartow Police Department in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s Office. When more information is known that will be released.

Animals rescued from house fire

Polk County Rescue rescued more than a dozen animals from a residential mobile home fire Friday morning.

The fire occurred at 3256 Old Highway 60, Mulberry and crews responded after receiving a call at 9:40 a.m.

When fire rescue crews arrived on scene the home had heavy smoke coming from it, Polk County Fire Rescue reported.

The fire appeared to be an electrical fire that started in the dining room and spread through the kitchen and into the living room. The house is now in unlivable condition.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but at least 16 animals were trapped inside the unit — including six dogs, six cats and a multitude of exotic pets such as lizards and snakes.

Four of the six dogs were unconscious when fire rescue arrived on-scene.

Fire rescue staff utilized pet oxygen masks and IVs and fluids to resuscitate the animals. All six dogs survived. Three cats perished and three cats survived, fire rescue reports.

The animals were mostly contained in the bathroom and bedroom when crews found them. Polk County Animal Control was on-scene to assist with the rescue efforts.

The surviving pets were transferred to SPCA Florida in Lakeland by animal control.

Mom charged with manslaughter in boy’s drowning

DAVENPORT (AP) — A woman faces aggravated manslaughter charges after her 3-year-old son drowned in a swimming pool at a home in Davenport.

The Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Jennyse Frederick on a child neglect charge after Maylik Sheffield was found unresponsive in the pool. The state attorney’s office decided to charge her with manslaughter after an investigation. She was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 7.

She told deputies she’d been swimming with the children at her friend’s house but went inside with Maylik and her 2-year-old before noticing he was missing and finding him in the pool.

Friends in the house told authorities she had not been swimming and that she left the boy alone in the living room near a sliding glass door that leads to the pool.

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