Firefighters Battle Worst House-Fire This Year

By: Sanika Dange Email
By: Sanika Dange Email

PARKER A Parker family is looking for shelter tonight after an afternoon fire heavily damaged their home.

Witnesses say the owner left the home around 1:30 this afternoon, when smoke started pouring out of the garage.

When Kathy Grignot saw smoke erupting from her neighbor's yard this afternoon, her heart dropped.

Kathy Grignot says, "Well I was terrified because this time last year on the 19th of November, our house caught on fire."

Within thirty seconds, the smoke turned to flames.

Grignot explains, "By the time I got 911 on the phone and got back out of the car and looked, I think it was probably a propane tank or something exploded."

Parker Firefighters responded, then Callaway joined the fight, that's being described as their worst house-fire this year.

Lieutenant Robert Jolly explains, "The garage was totally engulfed in flames. It took a lot of effort. We had several guys. We had two guys inside, one guy on the deluge gun trying to douse the fire on the roof, we had two guys on the back trying to douse the fire from the back side of the house, we took a lot of effort to try and put the fire out."

Emily Jackson was riding the school bus home from Tyndall Elementary when she saw the fire destroying her friend's home.

She says she was scared because her friend had decided not to ride the bus home.

The good news is no one was home, so no one was injured.

Emily says she's just happy her friend is safe.

Emily says, "I was still crying cause he would have to move and everything, but I was okay and happy that everyone was okay."

Neighbors say the owner of the home is a Pilot at Tyndall Air Force base.

8195 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Station: 850-234-7777 News: 850-230-5221 Fax: 850-233-6647
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