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Discarded Cigarette and No Smoke Detectors Near Deadly Combination

SPRING HILL – A discarded cigarette nearly cost the lives of two people, if not for a man’s early morning urge to go to the bathroom.  

According to Hernando County Fire Rescue Officials, just before 5:00 a.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at 455 Edison St.

The first unit arrived on scene and reported light smoke coming from the single family residential home.  After confirming that all occupants were evacuated from the home, fire crews made an aggressive interior attack on the fully involved bathroom and quickly extinguished the fire.  Officials say this immediate action by firefighters swiftly brought the situation under control, thus preventing the fire from spreading throughout the rest of the home.

The occupant states he woke up to use the bathroom, when he noticed the house filled with smoke and fire coming out of the spare bathroom.  He quickly alerted his wife, evacuated the home and called 911.

An investigation revealed that there were no working smoke detectors in the residence and that the fire was attributed to a cigarette that was thrown into the trash can earlier in the evening.  Both occupants were transported to a local hospital with minor smoke inhalation.

Fire Officials want to remind residents that smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan and can alert occupants early enough to evacuate safely. This incident is a good reminder to replace smoke alarm batteries every year and to replace smoke alarms every 10 years to ensure they are in good working condition.

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  • Did your mother not teach you to not make fun of others or point fingers? Well you are the one who will have to answer for that one day, not me… in the meantime hopefully you dont run into karma cause we all know no matter what religion you may or may not be it DONT discriminate and it will come back to bite you one way or another. So with that I wish you luck and may god bless you!!

    Sunday, 16 August 2015, 9:45 pm
  • Thank god everyone is safe….:)

    Sunday, 16 August 2015, 9:28 pm
  • Agreed

    Saturday, 15 August 2015, 5:18 pm
  • Cant afford batteries for a smoke detector but can buy $6 a pack cigarettes. Life… Priceless.

    Saturday, 15 August 2015, 3:38 pm
  • Good job HCFR!

    Friday, 14 August 2015, 7:37 pm
  • Ban smoking and I bet there trash pull your pants up, reup your ebt got smokes but probably cant eat just pure white trash.Just joking thats how you bloodclots sound. Good job weak bladder and good fire men and glad everyone is safe and they didn’t lose anymore than that.peace be with you

    Friday, 14 August 2015, 2:39 pm
  • Yes..but great team work

    Friday, 14 August 2015, 10:19 am
  • Smoking will kill you.

    Friday, 14 August 2015, 9:37 am

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