Separate fires Friday afternoon and Monday morning destroyed a pair of Inverness-area homes and killed pets inside.
Crews from Citrus County Fire Rescue (CCFR) and the Inverness Fire Department (IFD) were dispatched at 6:19 a.m. Monday to the 900 block of Palm Avenue, according to a CCFR release.
Firefighters arrived to find a single-story home 35% engulfed in flames that were coming from its roof and garage.
CCFR contained the blaze by 6:40 a.m. but deemed the house a total loss. Responders contacted the American Red Cross to provide housing assistance.
Nobody was inside at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported, but a dog was killed. CCFR determined the main electrical box was the source of the fire.
CCFR and IFD were dispatched at 3:28 p.m. Friday afternoon to a house fire on the 3300 block of South Jean Avenue, according to a CCFR release.
Firefighters arrived to find a single-story home 50% engulfed with flames coming from its roof. A neighbor told CCFR a lightning bolt struck the house, but no one was inside at the time.
Emergency responders brought the blaze under control at 3:53 p.m., saving a nearby RV and neighboring homes.
No injuries were reported, but a cat was killed in the fire. CCFR deemed the home a total loss.