Santa Rosa Beach man thanks firefighters for work in saving homes during the Mussett Bayou fire

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A man in Santa Rosa Beach is grateful to firefighters for saving his home.

A man in Santa Rosa Beach is grateful to firefighters for saving his home. (WJHG/WECP)

During the Mussett Bayou fire, trees surrounding his home on Delbert lane went up in flames.

Alan Lestourgeon said he thought his home was destroyed by the fire.

But, thanks to the work of firefighters from several agencies, his home was saved.

Lestourgeon said he's one of the lucky ones.

"I miss my neighbors, you know, I miss the buzz of the neighborhood, and it's in the news and it kind of goes away quickly but there's going to be people hurting for a long time because it's at least a year long process to rebuild your home," said Lestourgeon.

Officials say high wind and low humidity helped the fire spread so quickly.

As of Friday, the fire is 100 percent contained.

Walton County is still under a burn ban at this time.

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