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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.

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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.

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