Generator Used to Power Home During Hurricane Irma Catches Fire and Destroys Home

At approximately 12:50 p.m. today, Hernando County Fire Rescue(HCFR) received reports of a residential structure fire at 13131 Drysdale St. Reports21640883_1763289200630288_589675047639533483_o were that a generator on the back porch had exploded. The 2 residents escaped the home and called 911.

Fire crews arrived within 2 minutes and encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from a residential structure. The fire had extended into the attic space when crews then proceeded to extinguish the fire. Crews verified that there were no occupants in the structure. Despite bringing the fire under control quickly, the home sustained extensive fire damage. The home is now untenable. The residents are now staying with neighbors. No injuries reported to citizens or responders.

Based on reports from the resident, the fire crew’s investigation and consultation with the Fire Marshal, the cause of the fire was the generator catching fire and extending to the structure.

HCFR would like remind the public to use extreme caution and follow all manufacturers recommendations in operating and placement of generators21558651_1763289207296954_2868544273728096733_n21616359_1763289203963621_4540501035086797939_n in relation to structures.

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