Hernando County, Florida -- A deputy who was first to arrive at a home on fire rescued the man who lived there.
On Tuesday evening the Hernando County Sheriff's Office received reports of a home on fire on Highpoint Boulevard. Callers reported the home was probably vacant.
Deputy James Devorak was the first unit to arrive on scene and began talking with neighbors who gather near the home. A man told Deputy Devorak that the home was, in fact, occupied and after several explosions Devorak heard someone moaning inside the residence.
Devorak entered the home which was engulfed with flames and full of heavy smoke and continued further into the home until he located the victim and pulled him to safety.
Once the victim was removed from the residence, several additional loud explosions occurred.
The victim was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital and suffers from burns and smoke inhalation.
Preliminary investigation reveals that the fire was intentionally set.
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