Last night around 7:00 P.M., Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to 2234 Pomeroy Road, a residential neighborhood, for a reported home on fire. Initial reports were that flames were showing from the house. Upon arrival fire crews reported flames coming from the roof of the structure and was 20% involved in fire. Crews quickly confirmed that the occupants were out of the structure. Fire crews then initiated a coordinated fire attack and verification that there were no occupants in the structure. Crews were able to contain the fire to the attic space of the home. The home still sustained significant damage and is now untenable. The single occupant, a 45-year-old male, stated that he smelled smoke in the home. When he went outside to investigate, he discovered the flames to the roof area. The occupant will be staying with family in the area. The fire crew’s investigation and consultation with the Florida Bureau of Arson and Fire Investigations has preliminary cited the cause of the fire as an attic ventilation fan. Smoke alarms were present and activated during the fire.
HCFR responded with 3 fire engines, 2 rescues and 2 battalion chiefs for a total of 15 personnel. HCFR would like to remind the community to ensure that smoke detectors are present and operational in every home.