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Fire Severely Damages Observation Tower at Linda Pederson Park

SPRING HILL – The observations tower inside Linda Pederson Park is closed today, after fire nearly destroyed the 40 foot structure sometime before daylight this morning.

There aren’t many details available at this time but damage to the structure is substantial and it is not known how long the tower will be closed.

Investigators are looking into how the fire started and if it was intentionally set.

The remainder of Linda Pederson Park remains open at this time.

The park is located at 6300 Shoal Line Blvd, near Hernando Beach.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • I was a volunteer firefighter with spring hill that was arson I can insure you all .i can tell by the looks of it

    Friday, 28 October 2016, 12:08 am
  • Unfortunately with the shortfall of funds, in Hernando County, Can’t fix our schools can’t fix our roads properly, can’t support our Sheriff’s dept, This structure will probably be torn down not to be replaced.. Same old bull sh=t, no money in the budget from the same old politicians that have been corrupting this county and country for too many years. Vote them all out, Term limits for ALL POLITICIANS..

    Sunday, 16 October 2016, 11:05 am
  • To all the folks asking where are the parents: THEY DON’T CARE! I REPEAT THEY DON’T CARE SO LONG AS THE BRATS AREN’T UNDER THEIR FEET.
    I agree the parents & kids should be forced to pay for repairs AND they ALL. should be sentenced to their time off ( school or work) in jail for month or more. No free time might make all of them think.

    Saturday, 15 October 2016, 11:46 am
  • Halloween pranks starting early this year?

    Saturday, 15 October 2016, 10:13 am
  • who is or was Linda Pederson?

    Saturday, 15 October 2016, 10:10 am
    • She was an environmental activist in Hernando County. She passed away in 2000.

      Monday, 17 October 2016, 12:07 am
      • Thank you

        Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 7:58 am
  • School or not the kids should not be out roaming late at night where are the parents!

    Saturday, 15 October 2016, 9:14 am
  • That’s terrible. I just climbed that with my daughter last Sunday. It was a great day at the park!

    Saturday, 15 October 2016, 9:02 am
  • oh no where will everyone go screw now? its been there for a long time. im surprised this hasnt happened sooner. damn this is why so many gates and such go up. people being dumb. they cut the nice trees in the preserve at weeki wachee bc idiots fell and got hurt being careless. all it takes is one or two idiots. im sure some one knows or some one will tell someone sooner or later..

    Saturday, 15 October 2016, 12:04 am
  • How sad

    Saturday, 15 October 2016, 12:03 am
  • Find the stinking brats, then, make their parents pay for all the repairs. Why aren’t parents being held responsible for their rotten kids? They will start bragging about it, then, I hope someone turns them in and gets a reward.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:56 pm
  • All the money spent on cameras at red lights to ticket us, should be utilized at places like this. Although, I agree with cameras being used to solve crimes after the fact.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:47 pm
  • No school today, so the kids were out roaming late last night.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 7:01 pm
    • It suck it burnt down, but now is an opportunity to rebuild it into something better… or just more structurally sound…

      Saturday, 15 October 2016, 8:37 am
  • Seriously? Why would someone do this? It was such a nice place to hang out at right near the fishing pier…

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 5:39 pm
    • It could have been someone simply dropping a cigarette but this isn’t the first time it has caught fire either

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 8:22 pm
  • How else would a fire start on a tower if not intentionally set????

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:49 pm
  • That’s to bad.
    If it wasn’t an accident I hope they catch whoever did it.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:20 pm
  • This is what we can start to expect with the county commissioners not properly funding our sheriffs department.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:10 pm
    • Yep blame it on the commissioners , easier to do that than blame the freaking people that actually did the crime. Typical. P.S. Deputies can’t be everywhere at all times. No matter how much money they have. Smh

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 6:20 pm
  • Oh no.. so sad! What a shame

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 3:29 pm
  • Find the teenage children and put a firemans boot squarely up there ass. It’s time we stop pampering these lil pieces of deffication.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 2:39 pm
    • AMEN to that.

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 10:23 pm
    • My thoughts exactly

      Saturday, 15 October 2016, 9:12 am
  • When I passed there around midnight, there were a bunch of kids hanging out in the parking lot. After hours should be forbidden and a gate should be put up.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 2:38 pm
    • No it don’t need hours of operation, it needs security cams one of the great things about that park is open 247.

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 6:36 pm
    • I disagree no gate as adults should be able to enjoy it any time where are the parents of these children and why aren’t they parenting

      Saturday, 15 October 2016, 9:11 am
  • Maybe it wasn’t arson. Why y’all so quick to jump to conclusions?

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 2:36 pm
    • probably just some spontaneous combustion of swamp gas that was ignited by a meteorite.

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:27 pm
      • Good response Travis, you win the trophy of the day! Lol

        Friday, 14 October 2016, 6:15 pm
      • Lmbo I was gonna say that lol.

        Saturday, 15 October 2016, 8:34 am
    • No power and no lightning rules out most other possibilities except arson

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:34 pm
    • Probably a bunch of meth/crack heads, or just like the juveniles they just caught ROBBING someone. Hey little boy across the street from us, csuses like a hellion, flips people off and he is probably 9 or 10. HIS DADDY IS A DRUNK AND MAMA ISN’T MUCH BETTER. Loved that place and now it’s ruined. Too bad they didn’t fall off and we’ll you know Hope they are caught and get more than a slap on the wrist.

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 4:53 pm
    • Maybe you know something we don’t, ANON?

      Saturday, 15 October 2016, 1:18 pm
  • That’s ridiculous I hope it’s not anyone I know. That’s some disrespect right there to 1 the community 2 them selves and 3 nature

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 2:24 pm
  • That sucks. It’s my favorite local mini escape.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 2:08 pm
  • People don’t appreciate or respect what they don’t have to pay for. They don’t care about what their actions take away from others.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 2:01 pm
    • I agree 100%, Those responsible hopefully will be caught and be forced to pay for repairs.

      Friday, 14 October 2016, 3:09 pm
  • What a shame.. Was a beautiful tower…

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 1:59 pm
  • What a shame. Something that is there to enjoy, at no cost and someone does this. This wasn’t lightening, this was arson.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 1:58 pm

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