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An alert homeowner paid heed to his interior smoke detector Monday, April 5, and immediately called 911, according to a Citrus County Fire Rescue news release.

Upon exiting the structure, he found smoke coming from underneath his home. CCFR was dispatched to the structure fire at 12:48 p.m. Monday at West Baja Court in Crystal River.

Rescue 7 and Chief 3 arrived on the scene at 1 p.m. to find a single-wide mobile home with smoke and flames coming from underneath the structure.

Crews began a defensive attack, completed a 360-degree inspection, and power to the structure was secured. Once the fire was controlled, personnel made entry in the structure to complete searches, with negative results upon completion. Crews then began ventilation and overhaul operations.

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Due to the homeowner’s quick response time, the CCFR release stated, the fire was only 10% involved. The overall damage was noted at approximately 30%.  

The fire was called under control at 1:07 p.m. with crews clearing the scene at 2:21 p.m.

Battalion Chief 2, crews from DeRosa and Pine Ridge, as well as Safety Captain 1 also responded to the scene for assistance.

Hannah is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or email