Fire Damages Mobile Home – Overloaded Power Strip to Blame
WEEKI WACHEE – Fire nearly destroyed a mobile home on Lake Drive Monday and officials say an overloaded power strip is to blame.
According to reports, Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to 9770 Lake Drive, after the residents called 911 to report a fire inside the home.
One of two occupants who were home at the time of the fire says she noticed smoke and flames coming from the wall behind an aquarium in the back bedroom. The woman made several failed attempts to extinguish the fire using pots of water but the flames continued to spread.
The first units arrived on scene within 6 minutes and reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the left rear of the home. Fire crews made an aggressive interior attack on the fire and had the fire knocked down and under control within 15 minutes. An investigation of the room of origin revealed the fire started from an overloaded power strip behind the fish tank, and it was also determined that although the home did have smoke alarms in place, none were found to be functional.
Prior to fire units arriving, both occupants entered the burning home several times to rescue five animals that were still inside the home. As a result, they were treated for minor smoke inhalation on scene, but did not want to be transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Two of the five animals were also treated for minor smoke inhalation, and were returned to the owners in good condition.
HCFR wants 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. HCFR would also like to remind homeowners not to reenter a house that is on fire once they have evacuated, and to be cautious to not overload electrical outlets.
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