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Firefighters find body in home

By JIM ROSS

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 12, 2001


CHASSAHOWITZKA -- Firefighters early Sunday found the body of a 38-year-old man inside a burning mobile home.

The man's identity was not available Sunday afternoon. The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the case, and an office representative could not be reached.

The mobile home is on Chassahowitzka Street, an east-west road accessible from U.S. 19 that runs south of this small fishing village. The street is just north of the Hernando County line.

Volunteers from the Chassahowitzka fire department received the emergency call about 12:33 a.m., chief Frank L. Roush said. The Homosassa fire department also assisted.

Roush said the single-wide mobile home was partially ablaze when firefighters arrived. They managed to save the bedrooms, although fire destroyed the kitchen, dining room and living room.

Firefighters found the body on the dining room floor, the chief said. The cause of death, and the cause of the fire, remained under investigation Sunday.

In separate events, Hernando firefighters battled two residential fires during the weekend.

The first sprang up between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at a fish camp on Lake Front Drive, which is off Parsons Point Road, firefighter Dave Sotrines said. The camp comprises several metal travel trailers in which patrons live. The fire engulfed Unit T5, whose one occupant escaped unharmed.

Volunteer firefighters from Inverness assisted on that call.

Sunday morning, Hernando firefighters battled a blaze off Dandy Loop, Sotrines said. The structure was unoccupied.

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