A Saturday blaze claimed a High Springs home and two pets.
According to releases from High Springs and Alachua County Fire Rescue, firefighters responded to the 2,200-square-foot home at 21206 NW 132nd Lane in unincorporated Alachua County at 1:45 p.m.
The home was reportedly 50% involved in heavy smoke and flames and, with the nearest fire hydrant five miles away, two additional water tanker trucks and an engine from the La Crosse and Newberry fire departments were dispatched to the scene.
To keep a steady water supply, firefighters set up tanker shuttle operations where tankers unload the water from their tanks into a portable dump tank from the nearest hydrant, which was located at the intersection of Main Street and NW 174th Avenue in High Springs.
Two dogs that lived in the home are believed to have perished in the blaze. The home and all its contents were destroyed, and the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.