Fire destroys Dollar Tree store in Coral Springs

A fire destroyed a Dollar Tree store in Coral Springs on Saturday. All of the pastel-colored goodies for Sunday’s Easter celebration were gone. 

About 12:30 p.m., Coral Springs Fire Department  firefighters responded to the store at 11530 W. Sample Rd.

Michael Moser, the department’s division chief, said customers and employees left the store on time and no one was injured.  

Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire. 

Local 10 News Melissa Alvarez contributed to this report. 

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Fire destroys Dollar Tree store in Coral Springs

A fire destroyed a Dollar Tree store in Coral Springs on Saturday. All of the pastel-colored goodies for Sunday’s Easter celebration were gone. 

About 12:30 p.m., Coral Springs Fire Department  firefighters responded to the store at 11530 W. Sample Rd.

Michael Moser, the department’s division chief, said customers and employees left the store on time and no one was injured.  

Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire. 

Local 10 News Melissa Alvarez contributed to this report. 

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Coral Springs police officer returns to work after year-long deployment

A Coral Springs police officer returned to work Wednesday after finishing a deployment in Africa.

People lined up the street, cheering and waving American flags. Welcome home banners also hung from the Coral Springs Police Department to welcome back Officer Michael Zorrilla.

“(I’m) a little bit horrified, a little bit embarrassed, but very proud too, so I really appreciate it,” Zorrilla said.

Wednesday was Zorrilla’s first day back at work as a patrol officer for Coral Springs.

He spent the past year deployed in Africa with the National Guard, where he fought Islamic militants as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The year-long deployment was not easy for his family.

“It’s pretty tough, especially being a mom,” his mother, Blazina Zorrilla said. “You know, you want to have your kids, and knowing that he was so far away and not knowing what to expect. It was kind of scary.”

Michael Zorrilla’s parents and his wife worked with the Coral Springs Police Department to pull off the surprise, which was a bit of a payback.

Zorrilla returned home two days before he was expected, surprising his family on March 1, so they decided to return the favor.

“He had a look of terror on his face, like why are all these people here? But I think he figured it out pretty quickly,” Zorrilla’s wife, Patti, said.

Co-workers, city employees and residents of Coral Springs welcomed back their hometown hero, showing their appreciation and support for his sacrifice.

“I’m thrilled to be back,” Zorrilla said. “After being overseas, and all that, you really appreciate what you have back home.”

 

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Girl saves little sister from drowning at Coral Springs home

A girl rescued her sister from drowning on Friday night. She was in the pool of their house in Coral Springs when she found her.

The girl alerted adults that Manaal Mohiuddin, her one-year-old sister, had found her way to the pool in the backyard of their Kessington Commons community home. 

“it only takes a second, leaving a child unsupervised outside,” Coral Springs Police Department Capt. Brad McKeone said. 

Coral Springs police officers and firefighters responded to the home near 109th Avenue and Northwest 55th Street.

The girl regained her pulse through cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Firefighters rushed her to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where she remained Friday night. 

Earlier on Friday, there was a similar scene in Pembroke Pines. Brittney Lumas, 27, told police officers that she lost track of her 3-year-old daughter briefly during a party.

Others found the girl floating face down in the pool at the Arium rental apartment community. Pembroke Pines Police Department Sgt. Keith Forseth administered CPR. The girl survived and was recovering at Memorial Hospital Pembroke. 

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Loved ones mourn family of 5 killed in Alachua County crash

A family of five were killed after a collision along Interstate 75 in Alachua County on Sunday.

Nathan Russell, his wife, Lynda, and their three children were killed when they were returning to Broward County after visiting Georgia to see relatives. On Sunday morning as the Russell family made their way back to Broward County, tragedy struck on I-75 in Alachua County.

A police report said their rental car veered across traffic and slammed into a tractor trailer that was broken down on the side of the highway.

La’nayah, 15, and her sister Natayah, 10, were killed, along with both of their parents.

Nathan Russell Jr, 10, initially survived the crash but died a day later at a hospital.

“I’m just in shock because just a few days ago, I said hi to the father and said hi to the mother,” Diana Ordonez, a neighbor, said.

At the family’s Coral Springs apartment building, neighbors were just learning of the tragedy that wiped out the entire family.

“It’s very sad,” Rodrigo Rodriguez said. “Nice neighbors, quiet neighbors.”

Relatives and close friends are raising money for the five funerals, an enormous task being helped by a growing GoFundMe account that’s already topped $38,000 in just three days.

 

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