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County briefs 6/24/14

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By The Staff

­Lightning causes another home fire

A Sunday afternoon fire caused by a lightning strike at a Homosassa mobile home caused about $10,000 in damage, according to a report by Battalion Chief Keith Long of Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue.

Fire crews responded to the blaze at 1:10 p.m. at 6777 W. Chablis Lane. Engine 31 from Homosassa arrived first on scene at 1:14 p.m. and found the 1,200-square-foot double-wide mobile home with smoke and fire showing from the roof area on the front side of the home.

According to the report, a primary search of the structure was conducted and it was determined that all occupants were out of the home. 

An aggressive interior attack on the fire was reportedly initiated. Fire crews were able to quickly contain the fire to the attic area of one bedroom.

Fire units from Sugarmill Woods, Connell Heights and Crystal River also responded to the fire. The fire was under control at 1:25 p.m. No injuries were reported.

According to officials, the fire was not suspicious and was ruled accidental. 

 

Dean, Smith honored by Farm Bureau

State Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, and State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, R-Inverness, were among 18 Florida legislators honored recently as champions of agriculture by the Florida Farm Bureau.

Dean was one of six state senators, and Smith one of 12 state representatives, to be honored.

The honorees included state Sen. Bill Montford and state Rep. Jake Raburn, who were named Legislators of the Year by the bureau. In 2014, Montford sponsored two of Florida Farm Bureau’s legislative priorities: a bill that helped expand opportunities for agricultural education in schools and legislation that helped strengthen and improve Florida’s “Greenbelt” law by allowing farm land used for water storage to remain classified as agricultural property.

 

County appoints vet to Animal Services

County Community Services Director Amy Engelken has announced a new staff veterinarian will join Animal Services as of Monday.

Dr. Danesh Ayromloo has extensive veterinary medicine and surgery experience and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has work experience with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and with other animal shelters.

Before coming to Citrus County, he was the veterinarian and practice owner of the Lincoln Animal Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia. 

 

Chassahowitzka exhibit slated to open July 2

The grand opening for the “Changing People, Changing Springs: Chassahowitzka Discovered!” exhibit at The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. The museum is at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness.

The event is hosted by the Citrus County Historical Society Inc. A $10 donation is requested per person. Refreshments and beverages will be available.

RSVP by calling 352-341-6427 or emailing katherine.turner@bocc.citrus.fl.us.

For more information on the subject matter, go to: 

www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/springs/chassahowitzka/restoration-project/

www.cnn.com/2013/11/16/us/florida-spring-artifacts/index.html