One Dead, Two Severely Burned After Mobile Home Fire

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PANAMA CITY BEACH - State Fire Marshal's investigators are still searching for the cause of a deadly mobile home fire. It happened early Tuesday morning at a landmark RV park off Thomas Drive.

Local fire officials say this is the first person killed in a fire in Panama City Beach in nearly 20 years.

The mobile home, located inside of the Campers' Inn facility on Thomas Drive, caught fire about 3:00 Tuesday morning, about the same time the super-clubs across the street were closing.

"Me and a few buddies were just hanging out and all of a sudden we noticed the fire starts raging and ambulances start showing up," said Torin Harrison, a spring breaker.

By the time first responders arrived, flames were shooting from the trailer. Property managers wouldn't let us see the home. Neighbors sent NewsChannel 7 several photos.

"Figured it was a few spring breakers and noticed there was a lot more light coming through my bedroom window than there should be and looked out and I saw the flames," said Ronny Shiver, a neighbor.

One person died in the fire.

"This is the first fire fatality in 19 years in the city of Panama City Beach and so it's been a long time," said Panama City Beach Fire Rescue Chief John Daly.

Investigators say two others managed to escape. Paramedics took the man and woman to Bay Medical Sacred Heart with severe burns.

They've been transferred to a regional burn unit. The State Fire Marshal's office isn't releasing the names of the victims yet.

Preliminary reports indicate an electrical problem sparked the fire.