Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) received a 911 call from a passerby for a residential fire in a two-story home at 14000 block of Citrus Way. According to a witness, the fire started in a trash can outside the structure. The wind pushed the burning debris under the home. Within a few minutes the fire rapidly spread throughout the home. HCFES responded to the scene within 14 minutes and found heavy smoke and fire showing.

Brooksville House Fire Claims Several Pets and Total Loss of Home

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – A house fire in Brooksville today, claimed the life of serval pets and a total loss of a home according to fire investigators.

At 11:18 a.m. on Wednesday, Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) received a 911 call from a passerby for a residential fire in a two-story home at 14000 block of Citrus Way.  According to a witness, the fire started in a trash can outside the structure.  The wind pushed the burning debris under the home.  Within a few minutes, the fire rapidly spread throughout the home. HCFES responded to the scene within 14 minutes and found heavy smoke and fire showing.

Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services
(HCFES) received a 911 call from a passerby for a residential fire in a two-story home at 14000 block of Citrus Way.  According to a witness, the fire started in a trash can outside the structure.  The wind pushed the burning debris under the home.  Within a few minutes the fire rapidly spread throughout the home. HCFES responded to the scene within 14 minutes and found heavy smoke and fire showing.
SOURCE: HCFES

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a heavy fire throughout both floors of the structure.  There was also a partial roof collapse over the porch.  The fire was extinguished at 12:01 p.m.  Because of the damage, the house was a total loss.  Sadly, several pets perished in the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s Office.  Because of the extensive damage to the structure, the family will be staying with relatives, according to fire officials.

HCFES responded with 3 fire engines, 2 ALS medic units, 1 Air/Light Truck, 1 Water Tender, 4 Fire Corps members, 2 Battalion Chief, 1 Administrative Chief. There was total of 23 fire personnel on scene.

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