Authorities are continuing to investigate a fire that completely destroyed a Bay County home Saturday. The heavy smoke and flames poured out of the Center Ave home in Millville as firefighters struggled to fight the blaze.
The fire broke out around 10:30 Saturday morning and it didn't take long for it to take a strong hold on the attic area, eventually engulfing most of the building. You can see flames shooting through the roof of the home that neighbors told NewsChannel 7 was easily 100 years old.
It took Panama City fire fighters several hours to gain control of the fire due to the construction of the older house and where the flames were located.
The home was vacant and no one was inside. Neighbors were shocked to see the home go up in flames saying the home had been vacant for several months. "My child called me let me know and I came home and saw this. It was kinda worse than what you see now but uh, they're trying to tame it as you can see, but this house had been sitting for a couple of months."
"When the fire is above you, and you have triangle ceilings, trying to get access to fire, especially when the conducive to being inside, so you can't get under the fire and fight it, you have to fight it from above and that's pushing burn out and away and we're having to push down on it which makes it spread. It's just a vicious cycle.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. There were no utilities connected to the building.