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Commercial Fire Response at Local Resort in Sandestin

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May 13, 2024 | FLORIDA MACKENZIE MCCLINTOCK, Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

SANDESTIN, Fla. --- Late Monday evening, South Walton Fire District (SWFD) firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. 

Crews arrived on-scene around midnight and found an electrical fire had started within a utilities room on the 6th floor of the Spa Tower. The room's fire suppression system had successfully contained the fire, however, smoke was present on multiple floors. 

Firefighters worked with resort staff to gain access to the fire's room of origin, secure the sprinkler system and utilities, evacuate resort guests, and extinguish remaining signs of fire. 

Fortunately, no firefighters or civilians were injured during the incident. However, the fire caused significant damage to the tower's electrical system, as well as water damage from the activation of the sprinkler heads. 

Due to the extended period of time needed to repair the Tower's utilities, guests were relocated to other rooms on the property for their safety. 

SWFD wants to emphasize our appreciation for the resort staff and their commitment to ensuring the fire suppression systems in the building were working properly. The activation of the sprinkler system kept the fire in check until firefighters arrived on-scene, in turn preventing significant injuries or loss of life. 

Any business owners who would like to learn more about fire suppression systems or request an inspection for their commercial occupancy can contact the SWFD Fire and Life Safety Division via email at You can also submit an inspection request for free through the SWFD Smartphone App. 

We respectfully ask any questions regarding the resort's operations or timeline of repairs for the Spa Tower be directed to the resort. Thank you to the responding Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies for the assistance ensuring the scene and all resort guests were safe.

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