SPRING HILL — Fire destroyed a home on Mariner Boulevard early Monday and forced authorities to close the busy road for more than two hours while crews fought the blaze.
A taxi driver passing by called about 5:15 a.m. to report that flames were showing through the roof of the one-story house at 5440 Mariner, said Spring Hill Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll. Crews arrived to find the home, which is on the east side of Mariner just north of Elgin Boulevard, engulfed in flames.
Firefighters had the blaze under control by 6 a.m., Carroll said. No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported. The fire also destroyed a car in the garage.
Property records show the house is owned by Ruben Almedia-Diaz. The two-bedroom, two-bath house was built in 1981 and is valued at $37,545.
The cause of fire was still unclear Monday morning, Carroll said. The Fire Marshal's Office was investigating.