Firefighters battle two blazes

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Area firefighters stayed busy over the weekend battling residential fires–one of which claimed the lives of a family’s pets.

Friday, a little before 12:30 p.m., Bronson Fire Department, Levy County Department of Public Safety, Morriston paramedics, Levy County Animal Control, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and  Williston Fire Department were called to 5650 NE 96th Ave., where a doublewide manufactured home was about 25 percent involved and fire was venting from the roof.

Crews worked to suppress the fire, but two dogs died in the structure.

Smoke alarms activated and warned the owner and her daughter of the family, which helped them to evacuate safely.

Sunday, Williston Fire Rescue responded to 16751 N.E 5th St. to a reported house fire. Williston firefighters could see heavy black smoke over five miles away. When they arrived, they found that over two-thirds of the home burning.

Williston’s Eng. 722 started an exterior attack trying to slow the fast moving fire. Water supply from Williston Tanker 72 was quickly set up to provide additional water so crews could continue fighting the blaze. 

Levy County Eng. 78 arrived and its crew pulled extra lines off Eng. 722 to help with the suppression of the fire. Bronson Fire Tanker 70 arrived to help with water supply. Both tankers had to make several trips into Williston to get more water from the fire hydrant at SR 121 and Airport Rd. 

The house was a total loss and do to the intensity of the fire it took firefighters over five hours to fully extinguish all flames.

 The Florida State Fire Marshal was unable to find a cause and Red Cross provided assistance to the homeowner.

Information from these fires was taken from reports filed by the Levy County Department of Public Safety and Williston Fire Rescue.