Man dies in fire Monday

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Cause unknown; victim not identified

By Sandra Frederick

HOMOSASSA — A Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy was on a routine patrol early Monday morning when he spotted a raging fire in the woods behind Walgreens on U.S. 19.

He called it in to the county dispatch and trucks from Homosassa, Sugarmill Woods, Rock Crusher and Crystal River responded to the 4:22 a.m. fire.
“We had a truck and two firefighters assist with water supply,” Lt. Rick Justice said Monday.
The thickly wooded area off the beaten path where the single-wide mobile home was located made it challenging for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Division to combat the fire. When the fire was extinguished, firefighters searched the property and found a deceased male in the burned-out remnants of the home.
The victim has not been identified and his name has not been released by the sheriff’s office, spokeswoman Gail Tierney said Monday afternoon.
The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office was also called to the scene of the fire.
“We do not know the cause of the fire at this time,” said Deborah Cox, spokeswoman for the office in Tallahassee. “It is an ongoing investigation.”
Cox said samples of debris were collected at the scene and will be sent away to a state laboratory to determine the cause of the fire, but she added that it could take weeks for the report to come back.
The mobile home and its contents were a total loss. Damage is estimated at $25,000.
Chronicle managing editor Sandra Frederick can be reached at 352-564-2930 or sfrederick@chronicle online.com