RIDGE MANOR — A two-alarm fire claimed a pair of residential structures east of Brooksville, early Tuesday morning.
In a news release, Hernando County Fire Rescue said it had received help fighting the fires from the Brooksville Fire Department and Pasco County Fire Rescue.
Hernando Fire Rescue said it arrived on scene after receiving multiple reports of a fire in a mobile home on Pocahontas Drive, east of Interstate 75 and south of State Road 50. A second structure on the site, a stilt house, was also on fire, the callers told Fire Rescue.
The fire scene was in Hernando County, north of the Trilby-Lacoochee area of Pasco County, west of the Richloam Wildlife Management Area.
When fire crews arrived 10 minutes later, they discovered that the mobile home and stilt house were fully involved in fire and smoke and called a second alarm.
The initial calls reporting the fire said neither structure was occupied, according to Hernando Fire Rescue. Once fire conditions permitted, firefighters searched and confirmed that neither structure had anyone inside.
Because its personnel could not determine what caused the fires, Hernando Fire Rescue asked the state Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation to handle the investigation.
In response to the two-alarm, Hernando Fire Rescue said, it deployed six fire engines, one water tender, three rescue vehicles, two battalion chiefs and the division chief of operations and its
Pasco Fire Rescue responded with a battalion chief, one engine, two water tenders and an EMS supervisor. Brooksville Fire Department sent one engine.
A total of 20 fire units were on the scene, according to Hernando Fire Rescue.
There have been no reported injuries to civilians or first responders.