Florida car crash sparks fire that burns nearby home to ground


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DOVER, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash of a car by a driver with a suspended license sparked a fire that destroyed a home over the weekend.

The car was traveling eastbound on Highway 92 in Hillsborough County, east of Tampa, when the driver lost control and crossed into westbound traffic on Saturday. The car then collided with a tree, hit a wooden utility pole and overturned in a ditch, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

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After being hit, the utility pole fell over, pulling power wires from a nearby house that was unoccupied. The sparking wires ignited the house which burned down. A nearby pickup truck also was damaged, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 31-year-old driver, who had serious injuries, was cited for careless driving and driving while his license was suspended. His passenger suffered minor injuries, according to the report.

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