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Updated: 09/14/2017 08:30:02AM

Generator stolen from pediatric office

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DR. HELGEMO

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SHASTA MOTT
The Oak Park Inn is clealy visible covered with blue tarps to proect it from further damage. Huricane Irma stripped away a good portion of its roof, leaving a jumbled pile of debris along West Oak Street.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
The roof of the historic Oak Park Inn sustained major damage during Sunday's massive storm. This was one of only three buildings which survived the Thanksgiving fire of 1905.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
Driven to seek higher ground, campers and trailers from the Peace River Campgrounds were clustered along State Road 70 and First Bunker to avoid the rising waters of the Peace River.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JIMMY PETERS
The Oak Park Inn suffered considerable damage from the high winds of Hurricane Irma, and after the storm debris piled up in the SunTrust parking lot across the street. Other downtown buildings suffered damage as well, but most businesses expressed their plans to repair and rebuild.

By ANNE EASKER

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Port Charlotte pediatricians Benjamin Helgemo and Wen Liou had a close call this week when the generator powering a refrigerator storing $100,000 worth of vaccines was stolen. Dr. Helgemo said the generator was taken from the office Monday afternoon just before he was heading back to secure it to a concrete post.

“I was driving myself crazy trying to save the vaccines,” he said. “When we knew the hurricane was coming, we transported them to my house because I have an extra refrigerator.”

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