DADE CITY — Firefighters scrambled Wednesday to put out an early-morning fire that destroyed a 6,000-square-foot house, authorities said. The family inside escaped unharmed.
A neighbor near 37640 Sky Ridge Circle called 911 about 4:16 a.m. County spokesman Doug Tobin said crews arrived 11 minutes later to find a two-story residence with an in-law suite attached all in flames. The fire started in the garage, investigators said, and ended up a total loss.
Homeowner Daryn Partain said he heard an alarm and hustled out his wife and three kids, ages 8 to 13. Then he ran back in, using his iPhone as a flashlight, and helped his in-laws get out. Partain's mother-in-law sustained a minor injury.
Tobin said the fire was challenging because of a lack of fire hydrants in the area. Five tankers were needed to put it out. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with exhaustion. The fire was out by late morning, Tobin said. The cause was still being investigated.