A single-story building near a mobile home park was destroyed by a fire early Saturday morning, according to Citrus County Fire Rescue spokesman John Kabacinski. No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the building at 1075 N Suncoast Blvd., Kabacinski said. Crews were called to the fire at 12:32 a.m. and had it under control by 1:35 a.m., he said. The building was formerly an office for a mobile home park, but it had been used as a storage shed for quite some time, he said. The exterior concrete walls of the building cracked due to the fire's heat, he said. Crews from Connell Heights, Homosassa, DeRosa and the City of Crystal River Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, he said.
Jack Bass killed a passenger when he drove his car off the road. He was driving under the influence of alcohol. His prison sentence was overturned in 2001 over questions surrounding evidence, and the second time the 77-year-old Inverness man went before a judge for re-sentencing he was sentenced to live the rest of his life on probation. Bass developed Alzheimer's disease during the short time he was imprisoned, and his story is a case study on issues surrounding Florida's growing aging prison population.