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Hours after firefighters leave, second fire destroys Hernando home

Published Sep. 11, 2014

WEEKI WACHEE — Hernando County Fire Rescue officials say a home in the Glen Lakes development was destroyed early Wednesday by fire, hours after crews had put out a fire at the home caused by a lightning strike.

Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll said firefighters responded to a single-family residence at 9203 Lake Cypress Loop on Tuesday afternoon about a possible lightning strike. They arrived and found a hole in the roof with fire in the attic.

No one was injured, and Carroll said the damage inside the home was minimal.

A firefighter was hospitalized with heat exhaustion and later discharged.

Then, about 1:47 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded again to the home, which according to property records is owned by Thomas and Rosanne Burns. This time, it was "fully involved," Carroll said. He said the home, last assessed at about $284,000, was a total loss. No one was injured.

Carroll said firefighters were certain the fire was out when they left Tuesday. A state fire marshal is investigating, trying to determine whether the fire rekindled or there was a secondary source.

Contact Danny Valentine at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. Follow @HernandoTimes.