Deadly Pasco County mobile home fire claims second life

An elderly woman and a dog were found dead after Monday’s fire. An elderly man died who suffered severe burns died overnight.
Published March 5
Updated March 5

WESLEY CHAPEL — A second person has died as a result of Monday’s deadly mobile home fire, according to Pasco Fire Rescue.

The elderly man was found outside the home when firefighters arrived, suffering from severe burns after apparently escaping the blaze. He was flown to a local burn unit, officials said, and died overnight of his injuries.

Firefighters also found an elderly woman and her dog dead inside the home on the 5900 block of Penny Royal Road, according to Pasco Fire Rescue.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Neighbors heard explosions. A woman and her dog died in the fire, Pasco firefighters say.

The call to 911 came it at about 10:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they said flames were shooting out from all sides of the single-wide mobile home. Neighbors also told the Tampa Bay Times that they heard explosions, but Pasco Fire Rescue did not address those reports.

The flames prevented firefighters from entering the home, officials said. Once the fire was under control, firefighters entered and found the bodies of the woman and a dog.

The identities of the fire’s victims was not released by fire officials. The incident remains under investigation by Pasco Fire Rescue, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office major crimes unit and the state Bureau of Fire, Arson & Explosives Investigations.

No other details about the incident were released.