South Jean Avenue Fire

Citrus County Fire Rescue and Inverness Fire Department firefighters work the afternoon of July 5 to extinguish a fire off of South Jean Avenue that began from a lightning strike. No injuries were reported, but a cat was killed in the blaze.

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.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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