Grill catches fire, spreading to mobile home
A mobile home on Old Pasco Road caught fire Tuesday evening after a barbecue grill malfunctioned, authorities said. No one was injured, but a family of five may be without a home. The homeowner was cooking on a patio grill about 5 p.m. when it caught fire, causing pressure to build in the 20-pound gas tank attached to the grill, authorities said. The tank vented propane gas into the air, which caused the fire to grow. It quickly spread to the home at 7609 Old Pasco Road and caused an estimated $10,000 in damage, authorities said. Pasco County Fire Rescue received the call at 5:14 p.m. and had the blaze under control within a half-hour. The Red Cross found the family members a place to sleep. It is unclear if they will be able to return to the mobile home.
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Unoccupied home destroyed in fire
A fire on Wednesday morning destroyed an unoccupied mobile home in Moon Lake. The fire broke out after 11 a.m. at 9732 Jerome Drive and was under control by about 12:20 p.m., according to Pasco County Fire and Rescue. No one had lived in the single-wide mobile home for about two years, authorities said. Officials are investigating to determine what sparked the blaze.
Sheriff's website more user-friendly
This week the Pasco County Sheriff's Office unveiled a revamped website — www.pascosheriff.com — that has been redesigned to be more user-friendly. The website's more popular features, including the pages showing active calls and who is in custody at the jail, now have links on the home page. There is also a large button on the home page linking to a site where people can report suspicious activity or tips on crimes. The Sheriff's Office has contracted with CrimeReports.com to create interactive maps where people can see which complaints have been reported in a certain area. The maps show calls to the Sheriff's Office, not any calls to city police agencies. From the home page, click "Online Resources," then select "Crime Reports" to see the neighborhood maps. Sheriff Chris Nocco said the maps are part of the agency's new "intelligence led policing" effort. "If citizens see what is going on in their neighborhoods, they can then provide us information on that activity to help us fight crime more effectively," he said.