Fire destroys mobile home

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A mobile home is destroyed after a Monday morning house fire in northern Bay County.

Firefighters work the scene after the flames rekindle Monday evening.

Just after 10, the Bay County Fire Department responded to a structure fire of a mobile home on Sandy Lane in unincorporated Bay County.

"Found the trailer to be 50-60 percent involved upon their arrival," Bay County Fire Department Captain Ray Hottinger said.

Fire officials said it took roughly 30 minutes to put the fire out but they continued to target hot spots for a few hours to make sure it didn't rekindle.

They said the biggest struggle was accessing the scene with their water tankers because it was down and dirt road.

"We depend heavily on our tankers, our tanker pumpers. They do a great job for us so we can take our water with us," Hottinger said. "They hold 2,500 gallons of water and they take place of our water supply when one is not available. We do have water hydrants close by. About a mile and a half from here is the closest hydrant and we've been shuttling trucks back and forth to fill from there."

Officials say at first they believed the residence was occupied, but after a quick sweep realized no one was home.

The state Fire Marshal is conducting an investigation.

We're told the home did rekindle sometime after 6 p.m. Monday evening.