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Fire causes extensive damage to Inverness mobile home

Extensive damage was done early this morning in a fire in a small mobile home in Inverness.

There were no injuries in the blaze.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Division was dispatched at 6:30 a.m. to the fire at 1111 N. Beach Park Drive, arriving within 17 minutes of being dispatched. They found the less than 1,000-square-foot mobile home fully involved with fire. Because of the extensive fire conditions, the initial crews set up for a defensive fire operation. Other responding units provided water supply via shuttles.


Family sets record straight on child’s drowning

The family of a toddler who drowned on Sunday set the record straight today about their whereabouts when their daughter died.

In a special statement, the family of 2-year-old Jayden Dyess, of Ocala, said the young girl's parents had previously dropped off the child to spend the weekend at her grandparents' home at 4237 S. Jody Point in Homosassa.

The parents arrived from Ocala to pick the toddler up at just about the same time the child was pulled from the pool.


Toddler dies in family pool

HOMOSASSA - Citrus County Sheriff's Office dispatchers received a call at 5:34 p.m. on Sunday about a little girl found unresponsive in the family pool.

Emergency workers rushed to 4237 S. Jody Point, where they learned that 2-year-old Jayden Dyess (pronounced DICE) had been watching TV when family members last saw her.

Jayden's parents were out at the time, but other family pulled the little girl from the pool where they found her, and attempted CPR.

Jayden was transported by Nature Coast EMS to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River.


Two county schools to get solar, battery backup power from Progress Energy

Two Citrus County schools, that also serve as emergency shelters, will get free solar installations and battery backup systems, thanks to a grant from Progress Energy, Florida.

Citrus High School in Inverness and Citrus Springs Middle School are among a handful of the state's public schools to participate in the utility's SunSense Schools program. Progress is a subsidiary of Duke Energy.

Fire destroys stilt home in Floral City

A fire completely destroyed a stilt home on Monday in Floral City.

Citrus County firefighters were dispatched at 8:59 p.m. to 1489 E. Springs Lane, where they found the home was fully involved with fire when they arrived about 13 minutes later. Other responding units provided water supply via shuttles and additional staffing.



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