Two businesses destroyed in fire

HOMOSASSA, FL (WFLA) — A major fire destroyed at least two businesses overnight in Homosassa.

Photo: Citrus County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

Firefighters in Citrus County spent hours putting out flames Sunday night.

Nine units, the tower truck, a squad vehicle and three tankers responded to the fully-involved building, which collapsed due to the severity of the fire. Battalion Chief Tom Bosley described the initial response to the scene as “an awesome effort” and the teamwork between fire rescue and law enforcement as “impeccable.”

“The initial defensive attack by those first on scene protected the exposures which contained the fire to the building of origin,” Bosley said. “The initial decisions that were made by those who arrived first made a huge difference in the way this could have turned out.”

Thankfully, no one got hurt. However, Carol’s Interiors and Floors and Fiber Odyssey are a complete loss.

Photo: Citrus County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

A family member said Carol’s Interiors and Floors was in business for 40 years.

Deborah Neville owns Fiber Odyssey and found out her business was destroyed from a friend that saw it posted to Facebook.

Fire crews were able to protect nearby businesses. As a precaution, 22 dogs were evacuated from Pawfection Ranch, according to an employee there.

Fire crews also shut down the Southbound lanes on Highway 19 so they could reach a fire hydrant. Only one northbound lane remained open, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. All lanes are now open.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Marshal are investigating and have not yet released a cause.

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