BROOKSVILLE — A predawn fire destroyed a mobile home north of Brooksville on Sunday, driving a couple from their home and killing several pets.
Hernando County Fire Rescue firefighters arrived at the home at 14152 Simmons Lake Road about 3:30 a.m. to find the home engulfed in flames. Daniel and Naomi Webb had already made it outside, but left about 10 birds, a 9-month-old dog and fish inside the burning house, according to Fire Marshal Richard Tincher.
"The home was fully engulfed, from front to back," Tincher said. "It was a totally defensive fire. We couldn't do anything offensively to save the thing."
Daniel Webb told investigators he was awakened by a loud popping sound coming from an area near the rear porch. When he went outside, he saw the flames, hurriedly got his wife out and drove to their neighbor's home.
Tincher said Monday he had not identified the cause of the fire.
"But the fire appears to be totally accidental … there's nothing suspicious about it," he said. "It's really too bad."