Smoke alarms awaken resident just in time

Smoke AlarmWorking smoke alarms are credited with helping a Dunnellon resicent and her dog escape injury early Monday morning after a fire broke out in their home.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters on Monday were called to the scene of a residential home fire at 2:59 a.m. at 4171 West Ranchetta St. in Dunnellon.

Upon arrival, Engine 9 from Derosa found a double- wide manufactured home 50 percent involved in fire.

Due to the extent of fire, crews were force this fire defensively.

Making matters worse, the driveway leading to the residence was overgrown with large limbs, which made acsess to the residence difficult. Crews from Citrus Springs, Pine Ridge Connell Heights and Beverly Hills responded to assist. 

The homeowner told firefighters she was asleep when the smoke detectors woke her up. She and one dog exited the structure without injury.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, firefighters said. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family. 

Firefighters said that this incident was yet another example that smoke detectors save lives. All residents are advised to always make sure they have working detectors in their residencse. 

If it was not for them this incident, firefighters said, this incident could have turned out differently.


Working smoke alarms are credited with helping a Dunnellon resicent and her dog escape injury early Monday morning after a fire broke out in their home. No injuries were reported. Firefighters on Monday were called to the scene of a residential home fire at 2:59 a.m. at 4171 West Ranchetta St. in Dunnellon. Upon arrival, Engine 9 from Derosa found a double- wide manufactured home 50 percent involved in fire. Due to the extent of fire, crews were force this fire defensively. Making matters worse, the driveway leading to the residence was overgrown with large limbs, which made acsess to the residence difficult. Crews from Citrus Springs, Pine Ridge Connell Heights and Beverly Hills responded to assist.  The homeowner told firefighters she was asleep when the smoke detectors woke her up. She and one dog exited the structure without injury. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, firefighters said. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.  Firefighters said that this incident was yet another example that smoke detectors save lives. All residents are advised to always make sure they have working detectors in their residencse.  If it was not for them this incident, firefighters said, this incident could have turned out differently.

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