Six Family Pets Die in Devastating Mobile Home Fire
BROOKSVILLE – A devastating fire ripped through a double-wide mobile home last night, killing six animals and displacing a family of five.
According to Officials, Firefighters responded to 22372 LaCrosse Street around 6:30 p.m., after witnesses called 911 to report smoke and flames coming from the residence. By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the structure was already fully engulfed. Firefighters quickly determined that all occupants were not inside the structure at the time of the fire. Unfortunately, five family pets; a 13-year-old dog, 3-month-old puppy, 2-year-old cat, a 2-year-old rabbit, and a hamster all perished in the fire. A friend’s 3-year-old dog also died.
Matthew Barriga tells RNRF that his wife and three children were not home when they received the call that their home was on fire. The Barriga’s own the property but they did not have insurance to cover fire damage.
The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which at this time is unknown.
The Barriga’s stayed in a hotel last night and will be staying with family in St. Petersburg until they can establish something temporary on the property.
Barriga says “We are doing the best we can with a bad situation but together we can get through even the darkest days. My children my wife and myself are ok and that’s truly what matters in the long run.”
The following Gofundme link is available for those who would like to help the Barriga family recover and rebuild. https://www.gofundme.com/2qub2sk