PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: November 28, 2016 (3 p.m.)
The Bay County Sheriff's Office sent the following press release:
The Bay County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a fire at 2112 Pebble Beach Place on Thursday, November 24, 2016, shortly after midnight.
The family living in the residence had been asleep when one member awoke to find smoke within the home and then woke everyone else up and got them out of the home.
One of the residents noticed his truck, parked next to the home, had a rag wedged in between the gas cap and cover on his truck. The rag was on fire. There was also smoke coming from the opposite side of the home.
The family began trying to salvage what they could from inside the home. Once the family took what they could and left the home, they noticed a grey Chevy SUV parked in front of the home was also on fire.
Fire and EMS personnel arrived on scene and the fires were extinguished. The State Fire Marshal's investigators arrived on scene. Two propane tanks were found in the living room of the home, but the resident stated the tanks were normally kept on the back porch.
A check of DMV records revealed the grey Chevy SUV was registered to a Gale Lee Sinksen in Chipley, Florida. Contact was made with Mr. Sinksen who told deputies that Anthony Sinksen was the primary driver.
Inside the vehicle, credit cards and car keys stolen out of the residence were found.
The scene was turned over to the State Fire Marshal's Office and BCSO Criminal Investigations. Investigators reviewed items found within the grey Chevy SUV and obtained a warrant for Anthony Sinksen.
Sinksen was located Thursday evening, November 24, 2016, and arrested on a charge of Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling.
Further investigation into the incident will be done by the Bay County Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Three people are safe after their home caught fire early Thursday morning.
Panama City Beach Fire Department and Bay County Fire Rescue responded to a house on Pebble Beach Place around 12:30 a.m.
According to Bay County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Marcus Vigil, the house was covered in heavy flames and smoke but they were able to put the fire out.
Vigil says a dog that the family was house-sitting alerted them to the fire.
A car across the street also caught fire.
Everyone got out safely, but the house is a total loss.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and an investigation is underway.