Brush Fire Forces Evacuation of Homeless Camp, Several Pets Rescued
SPRING HILL – Several people who live in a homeless camp behind the Walmart Supercenter on Cortez Blvd were forced to evacuate today, after fire scorched approximately two acres of wooded area behind the department store.
There are no reports of injuries at this time, however, there are unconfirmed reports that between 5 and 10 people were forced to abandon their property and pets while firefighters battled the blaze. There are reports that firefighters were able to rescue all the pets before fire reached the campground.Strong winds made it difficult to control the blaze but assistance of the Department of Forestry, tractors were used to cut a ring around the fire, preventing it from spreading further.
The cause of the blaze is unknown at time.