NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County firefighters rescued a New Port Richey woman from her home business early Thursday morning on Trouble Creek Road, but the fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the building and its contents.
Pasco Fire Marshal Donald Campbell said he is still investigating the cause of the fire, which started in the front room of the house shortly before 3 a.m. Firefighters forced their way in through the front door and found the owner in her bedroom.
Campbell said he could not release the woman’s name. The property is owned by Fiat Reporting Inc., which is headed by Laura Salazar.
Firefighters also rescued three puppies and a small pet snake, but several other animals died in the fire.
“We’re excited at Pasco Fire Rescue that we were able to save someone — too many times that isn’t the case,” Campbell said. “Obviously, our first priority is to save people. The puppies were in the same room with the owner. They didn’t have any injuries. They’re pretty low to the ground.”
The woman, who ran a garage door repair business from her home, was taken to Tampa General Hospital.