Home declared total loss in fire near Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — No one was injured but a home was deemed a total loss after a fire near Tarpon Springs on Sunday.

Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue was called to the scene at 589 Berkley Ave. in unincorporated Pinellas County around 9 a.m. and found the single-story home, which sits atop stilts, "90 percent involved with flames coming through the roof," said District Chief David Sharp.

The home is vacant but the homeowner was outside.

"He was here mowing the grass at the time, and he heard a couple loud bangs, he said a couple loud explosions ... and saw smoke coming from the east," Sharp said. "He called it in."

Firefighters from Palm Harbor assisted, Sharp said.

An investigation, including into the cause, was ongoing.

Home declared total loss in fire near Tarpon Springs 10/30/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:47pm]

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