A Jackson County family came home to find they didn't have one. Fire destroyed the home on Monday afternoon in the northwest section of Marianna.
It happened just northwest of the Marianna city limits in a rural part of Jackson County. Emergency responders got the call from a neighbor just before 2 p.m. in the afternoon.
When the Jackson County Fire and Rescue and the Marianna Fire Department arrived on the scene, they found the home of Tim Smith fully engulfed in flames.
It took them over two hours to put out the fire out, but by then the house was a total loss. None of the occupants were home at the time, and because of some quick thinking by their neighbors the Smith's pets were also able to survive this fire.
Robert Thompson, a neighbor, says, "I was sitting there on the porch and seen a lot of smoke over there and said [they’re] probably burning garbage. She [said] no, it looks like more than that. Then she walked out there and looked down the road and seen that it was on fire, so I walked down there and turned the dogs loose. It was already burning pretty good by then."
Officials from the state fire marshal’s office were also on the scene. They are still not exactly sure how it started.