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Fatal pedestrian crash on North Florida Avenue

Hillsborough, Florida -- Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

The crash occurred on North Florida Ave. and Fletcher Ave. as a Ford truck was traveling northbound on Florida Avenue. The 64-year-old pedestrian was standing on the sidewalk shoulder and began to cross the street when he was hit by the truck and died on scene. 

Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting the investigation while HCSO with traffic control.

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Credit card skimmers found at Brooksville Hess Station

Brooksville, Florida -- Four skimmers were recently located on the gas pumps at the Hess gas station located at 26260 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.

The skimmers were "internal," which means there is no way they could have been detected by the customer and they were only discovered during an inspection of the pumps by the manager. 

The skimmers were placed within the pumps between 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 19. The skimmers were placed on pumps 1, 2, 7, and 8.

Fundraisers underway for restaurant gutted by fire

Seminole Heights, Florida - Hours after flames destroyed a Seminole Heights restaurant, fundraisers are underway to help its employees and owners.

Early Tuesday morning, a fire broke out at Domani Bistro on N. Florida Ave.

An electrical malfunction in a walk-in freezer is blamed for sparking the blaze that gutted the restaurant and adjoining furniture store.

Locals help businesses burned in Seminole Heights fire

Tampa, Florida-- A Seminole Heights fire burns down two businesses overnight. 

STORY: Seminole Heights businesses burn up in fire

A restaurant called Domani Bistro and Lounge and an antique furniture store called A Modern Line went up in flames early Tuesday morning around 2:00 off North Florida Avenue and East North Street.

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Seminole Heights businesses burn up in fire

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Fire investigators say they have determined the cause of a fire that destroyed two Seminole Heights businesses overnight.

Domani Bistro and Lounge was demolished by an early morning fire that investigators say was due to an electrical malfunction in the restaurant's walk-in freezer. The fire started around 2 a.m. and it took about 60 firefighters two hours to get it under control.

People in the Seminole Heights community describe Domani Bistro and Lounge as an upscale Italian restaurant that has only been open for about two years.

Chili cookout benefits fire victims

Brooksville, Florida -- The Brooksville community came together on Sunday to help the former employees of Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant.

The mom and pop restaurant was destroyed last month in a fire. Their employees, now out of work, were with Papa Joe's for decades.

But the owners are not giving up. They've been holding fundraisers to help them. Today, they held a chili cook off. Earlier this month, a yard sale raised more than $10,000.

The owners tell 10 News they plan to start rebuilding in their same location on Spring Lake Highway in about eight months.

Fatal crash in Hernando County

Hernando County, Florida -- Another fatal pedestrian crash took place Saturday night, this time in Brooksville.

Around 9:45 p.m. on February 15, Paul Patrosky was driving southbound on Sun Road. Burl Batten, was near his mail box on Sun Road and Patrosky did not see hime. Patrosky attempted to avoid hitting Batten but the right front of his car did make contact with Batten.

Batten sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash.

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