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Byline: David Green STAFF WRITER
When an arsonist set fire to the Charlotte Harbor Spa in 1959, the Punta Gorda Fire Department responded with its full blaze-battling arsenal: two trucks and a single paid firefighter.
The 73-year-old hotel burned to the ground. The arsonist was never caught and a Publix now stands at the scene of the conflagration.
The Fire Department has changed since then. It employs 20 firefighters, operates 12 vehicles from two stations and is equipped to battle pretty much any blaze.
On Saturday, as the department celebrates its centennial anniversary, officials from one of the oldest agencies in Southwest Florida will …