HERNANDO, Fl. (WFLA) – A Hernando family is very thankful for two crews with Citrus County Fire Rescue.
On Friday Engine 24 out of Floral City was dispatched to the residence of Carol Tucker after she noticed her home was filling up with smoke. Firefighters discovered the source of the problem to be with an air conditioning unit outside the home.
The crew also noticed Tucker did not have any smoke alarms so they installed a couple. The family’s landlord sent someone over to inspect the unit and the residents assumed the problem had been corrected.
However, after everyone had gone to bed the alarms went off. Smoke again filled the residence and it was on fire.
Tucker, her daughter’s boyfriend, a nine-month-old child and five of the six family dogs made it outside just as Engine 14 from Citrus Springs arrived. The first responders quickly extinguished the flames and searched the home for the missing pet.
They found Lily hiding in a back bedroom. Shortly after the crew had the situation under control, Tucker’s daughter Felicia Tucker returned home. She expressed her gratitude the crews that made sure her family was safe.
“We are alive because of [Citrus County] firefighters,” she explained. “We are so thankful and blessed for what you’ve done for us.”
The Tuckers stayed in a tent Friday night as they are waiting for shelter assistance from the local chapter of the American Red Cross as the structure was deemed uninhabitable. The dogs were also checked out by Animal Control.