A fire gutted an Inverness-area house early Sunday, Oct. 17.
Citrus County Fire Rescue (CCFR) crews responded at around 4:08 a.m. to an address off East Dawson Drive, where firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the ridge vent of a partially destroyed mobile home, according to CCFR on Monday.
Firefighters met with home’s sole occupant, who was able to evacuate on their own. According to CCFR, the house had battery-powered smoke alarms but they weren’t working for unknown reasons.
CCFR crews from stations in Kensington, Connell Heights, Pine Ridge, Hernando and the Inverness Highlands controlled the blaze by 4:47 a.m. No injuries were reported.
Fire and heavy smoke affected 60% of the building, according to CCFR, causing an estimated $31,950 in damages.
CCFR contacted the American Red Cross to assist the displaced resident, and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to investigate.