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Fire strikes Citrus Springs Church of God

Published Oct. 26, 1999|Updated Sep. 30, 2005

Volunteers from four Citrus County fire stations helped quickly extinguish a fire at the Citrus Springs Church of God Sunday in Dunnellon shortly after worship service.

Investigators do not consider the fire suspicious, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office report. The fire was reported shortly after noon.

Earlier in the morning, a pastor at the church turned on the heat to combat the cold. Smoke later was seen coming from the area of the air-conditioning unit.

Damage in the education wing of the church from fire and water was considered minor.

Investigation started

at Key Training Center

LECANTO _ The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report that a former employee at the Key Training Center may have stolen from clients.

The Sheriff's Office was unable to provide details of the allegation. But sheriff's spokesperson Ronda Hemminger Evan said it was relayed by the state Department of Children and Families Friday and involves nine possible victims and theft of less than $1,000.

Evan said the employee is no longer working at the center.

County group installing smoke detectors in homes

The Citrus County Injury Prevention Partnership will go door to door in the Beverly Hills area Today to install free smoke detectors in homes that do not have them..

The Tandy Corp. donated the smoke detectors to the state Fire Marshal's Office to give to Florida houses. The partnership received 100 detectors to install in Citrus County.

The installation of each smoke detector will take about 15 minutes. While installing the smoke detectors, the partnership members will be in groups of two and at least one will have a name tag or will be in uniform (Sheriff's Office, Fire Prevention, etc). Other lifesaving fire prevention and fire drill information will be given to residents during the visit.

Smoke detectors should be installed outside every bedroom or group of bedrooms. Fire Prevention recommends installing additional smoke detectors in rooms of young children, elderly and mobility impaired persons.

Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and the batteries replaced at least twice a year. The suggested time for battery replacement is when the time changes in the fall and spring. They should be replaced when the time changes Oct. 31.

Citrus County Fire Prevention will be assisting and will be available for technical advice and questions involving home fire prevention and fire drills. Call Fire Prevention at 726-4670 with questions on fire safety or home fire drills.

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