BROOKSVILLE, FL. – At 3:33 p.m. Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) responded to a reported fire in the backyard in the 27,000 block of Simona Ave.
The call came from a neighbor who reported the backyard was on fire spreading into a tree and shed. Shortly after the shed caught fire, several propane tanks located in and around the shed ignited catching the home on fire.
HCFES arrived within 6 minutes and reported heavy black smoke and fire from the home.
Additionally, there was a large amount of fire in the backyard. Fire crews called for a second alarm based on fire conditions. The crews advanced several hose streams and extinguished the fire within 1 hour.
The fire caused extensive damage to the home resulting in a total loss. At the time of the fire, the homeowner and two occupants escaped the home without injury.
The cause was investigated by the Florida State Fire Marshall’s Office and determined to have been caused by an unauthorized burn of yard debris. The homeowner and one occupant will be staying with family and one occupant will be assisted by the Red Cross.
HCFES responded with 7 fire engines, 5 ALS medic units, 1 Squad, 1 Air Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Administrative Chief, and Fire Corps, for a total of 38 personnel.
The City of Brooksville responded as part of automatic mutual aid with 1 Engine, and 1 District Chief for an additional 4 personnel.
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