Hernando structure fire

Citrus County fire rescue responded to the scene of this home Sunday evening on 5985 N. Tsala Apopka Drive in Hernando. The manufactured home was destroyed. No injuries were reported.

It was a busy Sunday for Citrus County Fire Rescue, according to Cortney Marsh, spokeswoman for the agency.

At 9:49 p.m. Sunday, fire crews were dispatched to a structure fire at a residence at 5985 N. Tsala Apopka Drive in Hernando.

The on-duty battalion chief and crew on the first arriving apparatus from Kensington Station Squad No. 23 found a single-wide manufactured home fully involved. Due to the nature and extent of the blaze, the initial and additional crews took up a defensive attack. Battalion Chief Scot Prater declared the fire under control at 10:20 p.m. Four additional crews from Connell Heights, Pine Ridge, Citrus Springs Station No. 14 and Highlands responded to the scene.

After an extensive overhaul, the news release stated, crews cleared the scene at 12:38 a.m. Monday. Due to the extent of the fire, the unoccupied home was left uninhabitable.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office and there were no reported injuries.

Late Sunday morning, crews were dispatched at 11:33 a.m. to 5750 W. Crystal Oaks Drive, arriving less than a minute after receiving the call for a brush fire.

The first unit to arrive took command and started extinguishing the fire, with two more units arriving to assist, a report stated. The fire began as 1-acre, spreading to six acres. Citrus County requested forestry, which arrived and cut a line utilizing a tractor and the line was back burned.

While the fire was under control in less than 30 minutes, crews were on scene for more than four hours. All units were then released by forestry, according to the report.

According to a spokeswoman with the forestry service, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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