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Hudson fire destroys two gulf front homes, damages two others

One person was hospitalized with severe burns, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.
Firefighters with Pasco County Fire Rescue investigate the remains of a home destroyed Monday in an early morning fire at 6535 Driftwood Drive.
Firefighters with Pasco County Fire Rescue investigate the remains of a home destroyed Monday in an early morning fire at 6535 Driftwood Drive. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Nov. 2, 2020
Updated Nov. 2, 2020

HUDSON — Fire destroyed two gulf-front homes, damaged two others and sent one person to the hospital on Monday, officials said.

Pasco County Fire Rescue received a 911 call about 6 a.m. Monday about a house fire along the 6500 block of Driftwood Drive in the Driftwood Isle neighborhood, according to a news release. When fire crews arrived, they found three homes on fire and the flames fanned by heavy winds.

Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office talk Monday with residents of the 6500 block of Driftwood Drive, where an early morning fire leveled two homes and damaged two others.
Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office talk Monday with residents of the 6500 block of Driftwood Drive, where an early morning fire leveled two homes and damaged two others. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

One person with severe burns was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital.

Two of the homes were destroyed and two others were damaged, fire rescue officials said. Several vehicles were also damaged or destroyed. Aerial video captured by WFLA, Ch. 8 showed two neighboring homes that had burned to the ground.

About 80 firefighters from Pasco County Fire Rescue, Hernando County Fire Rescue and New Port Richey Fire Rescue responded to the fire and were still working Monday morning to put out hot spots.

A firefighter with Pasco County Fire Rescue inspects fire damage Monday in the roof of a home at 6541 Driftwood Drive in Hudson.
A firefighter with Pasco County Fire Rescue inspects fire damage Monday in the roof of a home at 6541 Driftwood Drive in Hudson. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Property records show one of the homes that was destroyed, at 6535 Driftwood Drive, is owned by William and Wendy Fairhurst,

Reached by phone Monday morning, Wendy Fairhurst said her son was the person injured in the fire and she couldn’t talk because she was on the way to the hospital.

‪#ALERT: On the scene of a three-alarm structure fire in the 6500 Block of Driftwood Dr in Hudson. Four homes and multiple vehicles have been damaged. One burn patient was flown to TGH with serious injuries. #PCFRNews ‬

Posted by Pasco County Fire Rescue on Monday, November 2, 2020