Pierce burn victim dies in Tampa
February 5, 2001
Special to the Press Journal
A 50-year-old doctor who was badly burned
in a Fort Pierce apartment fire on Jan. 22 died in the Tampa General Hospital
burn unit Saturday afternoon, according to fire officials.
Annelle Blanchard, an obstetrician for
Trinity Medical Center, Fort Piece, suffered second- and third-degree burns over
75 percent of her body in the blaze. Her one-room apartment, in a building on
the corner of Second Street and Seaway Drive, was destroyed.
St. Lucie County Fire District spokesman
Capt. Buddy Emerson said Blanchard died from the injuries sustained in the fire.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office has not made a final
determination on whether Blanchard's death was accidental or a homicide.
"We have to tell the medical
examiner's office what the cause of the fire was before he can make a final
decision," Emerson said. "We hope to wrap this up by the end of this