A fire last week ruined
the home of David and Peggy Anderson and Peggy’s
son, Billy Goldschmitt.
By Cindy Lane
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH – A family of
three turned out of their home by a fire has found a home
for the holidays.
On Dec. 5, a fire at Peggy and David
Anderson’s rented home at 2110 Avenue A in Bradenton
Beach rendered it uninhabitable. Both the couple and Peggy’s
20-year-old son, Billy Goldschmitt, were away from home
when the fire started, she said, but their two dogs were
Firefighters administered oxygen to
Shanna, a seven-year-old Rottweiler mix that lived for
three days, then died of stress-related complications
that appeared to be unrelated to the fire, she said, adding
that their other dog survived.
"That was devastating," Peggy
said, "but our neighbors have been wonderful,"
especially Dale Redecker, who is giving them a condo to
live in until Dec. 20, when it is reserved for a renter.
After that, the Andersons hope to move
to a rented home in Palmetto, closer to the Palms of Pasadena
Hospital in St. Petersburg where David is a nurse. Peggy
is a longtime Island resident employed at the One Stop
Shell Shop in Bradenton Beach.
Meanwhile, they’re in need of
clothes for Billy, whose room was the most damaged, and
beds and linens for the whole family.
"We’re hoping to save the
furniture," she said, but everything in the home
was damaged by smoke and water, including their artificial
The fire probably started in a power
strip, Deputy Fire Marshall Kurt Lathrop said. Even though
power strips are much better choices than the thin, brown
or white extension cords known as "zip" cords,
a strip should have an automatic shutoff feature in case
of overloads, he said. Better yet, use only two appliances
per outlet, which outlets are designed for, he said.
To donate clothing, beds or money
to the Andersons, please call 704-0741.