Separate fires in Hillsborough and Hernando counties killed several pets on Friday.
About 4:09 a.m., Hernando County firefighters responded to a reported fire in the 27000 block of Simona Avenue in Brooksville.
When fire crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the side and back of the structure. Fire crews were advised told all residents were out, but there were animals in the home.
Fire crews initiated a coordinated attack on the fire and were able to quickly control it. The home sustained heavy structural damage and is uninhabitable.
Two dogs, a cat and a bird died in the fire. No injuries were reported.
The Red Cross was contacted to aid the two male residents.
The Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations will investigate the cause of the fire.
Then, at 12:45 p.m., Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews were called after neighbors and passers-by reported seeing smoke coming from a home in on Boyette Road. Upon arrival, firefighters were told the home was unoccupied, but there were animals inside.
The fire was in the attic space, so crews pulled the ceiling down to fight the flames.
The home was without power, and a portable generator running next to the home had heavy fire damage.
Tankers were used to shuttle water from the end of a long driveway to the home.
Two dogs and a cat died in the fire. A rabbit was rescued.
The home is owned by a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy and his family.
One firefighter was taken to a local hospital for a medical condition.
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