BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – Just after 5 a.m., Friday, a Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy who was already stationed in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 13300 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville, heard an explosion at the western end of the store.
The deputy requested the fire department and back-up units be dispatched to his location as he responded toward the fire.
Upon arrival at the rear, western end of the store, the deputy observed three tractor trailers. The tractor trailer in the middle was on fire. The deputy quickly checked the vehicles for occupants and was able to locate and safely remove the only occupant from one of the other two vehicles.
As other deputies arrived on the scene, they responded to the store to assist with evacuating the store, as the three tractor-trailers were parked very close to the building. As fire crews arrived, the fire had spread to the other two tractor-trailers.
The store was closed to shoppers but has since reopened Friday. The cause of the explosion which led to the fire is under investigation, and there were no reported injuries.