Beth Rao was at a friend’s house when she got a call saying her Crystal River-area home was on fire.
Rao walked a couple streets, she said, to her place on the 6300 block of West Tangerine Lane to find what was left on the afternoon of Monday, July 6, 2020.
“It was gone,” said Rao, who lived at the property on and off for about five months. “It sucks, man. All my stuff was in there, all of it — what I had left.”
Citrus County Fire Rescue (CCFR) is investigating the blaze, CCFR Battalion Chief Lucas Williams said. No injuries were reported.
A neighbor consoling Rao said her son saw the fire but doesn’t know how it happened.
“We don’t know what caught it,” said the neighbor, who wished to be anonymous.
Williams said CCFR units were dispatched to the scene at 12:28 p.m.
Williams said he arrived first at 12:30 p.m. to find a single-wide mobile home fully involved with flames.
No one was inside the house at the time, Williams said.
Additional CCFR crews from stations in Homosassa, Connell Heights, Hernando and Kensington also arrived, Williams said.
Due to the fire’s extent, Williams said, firefighters had to extinguish it from the outside, controlling it by 12:47 p.m.
CCFR spokeswoman Cortney Marsh said the American Red Cross was called to assist those displaced by the fire.