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Mobile home fire in rural Hernando County claims woman's life

BROOKSVILLE — A woman died in house fire Wednesday that consumed her single-wide mobile home in rural Hernando County.

Authorities said someone called to report the fire at 25136 Evaline St., northeast of Brooksville, shortly after noon.

When firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later, the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

"The fire was too intense for firefighters to get inside," said Frank DeFrancesco, assistant chief for Hernando County Fire Rescue. "It was too late to do anything for the victim."

DeFrancesco said that as of Wednesday evening, investigators had not determined a cause of the blaze. The identity of the woman was withheld, pending notification of relatives.

The home was in an area of heavy woods known as Forest Hills, near the Croom Wildlife Management Area. A dusty, unpaved road runs in front of the homes on Evaline Street.

Bystanders were unable to get close to the home after law enforcement officials roped off the area.

Next door neighbor James Wheeler arrived at the scene about an hour after the blaze was reported. The 15-year-old Hernando High School student said he wasn't sure who lived in the mobile home. Wheeler said he occasionally saw an older couple at the house.

"I didn't know or talk to them," he said.

According to Hernando County property records, the home has been owned by Floyd Long, 48, of Brooksville since 1987. The phone number listed for Long — and the home — was disconnected Wednesday afternoon.

It wasn't immediately clear if anyone else was staying at the home with the woman.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Mobile home fire in rural Hernando County claims woman's life 06/03/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:27am]
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