BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – At 11:58 a.m. Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) & The Brooksville Fire Department responded to a reported commercial fire in the 300 block of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
The call came from a passerby who reported fire from the windows and roof of the building.
Brooksville Fire Department (BFD) arrived within 4 minutes.
HCFES arrived 4 minutes later. BFD crews reported heavy smoke and fire. The crews advanced a hose stream and extinguished the fire within 21 minutes. The fire was deemed under control at 12:25 p.m.
According to crews on the scene, the occupant accidentally left the stove unattended, resulting in the fire that quickly spread into the attic.
“Due to the extensive damage, the business will have to undergo repairs before they can reopen,” said HCFES.
BFD responded with 1 District Chief, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Squad/Brush Unit, HCFES responded with 3 fire engines, 2 ALS medic units, 1 Air Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs, and Fire Corps, for a total of 21 personnel.
HCFES would like to remind the community that when cooking, never leave the stove unattended and keep an ABC extinguisher near the kitchen in case of accidental fire.