Lakewood Ranch Herald

December 31, 2013

Christmas tree fire ignites Lakewood Ranch holiday spirit

Brad Carmassi’s hands were still coated with black soot Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve washed these 10 times and it won’t come off,” he said. Carmassi spent the day cleaning up and assessing the damage from a fire that ravaged his Central Park home the night before. But he and his family are safe and thankful for an outpouring of support from their neighbors after almost everything inside their new house was blackened, singed or destroyed when their Christmas tree went up in a blaze.

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