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SWFD Firefighters respond to two residential fires

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June 10, 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.

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. --- South Walton Fire District firefighters responded to multiple structure fire incidents Monday, resulting in the response of more than 50 firefighters throughout the day to contain and mitigate the two incidents.

The first fire took place at approximately 3:23 a.m. in Rosemary Beach, when SWFD Dispatchers received the 911 call reporting multiple buildings on fire near Windward Lane.

When crews arrived on-scene at 3:31 a.m., they found a primary residence and its carriage house heavily involved with fire. SWFD Engine 1 and Rescue 1 initiated fire attack to protect the exposed structures and bring the fire under control.

Firefighters continued overhaul and extinguishment operations until approximately 7 a.m. when they reported back to their stations for shift change. In total, approximately 25 firefighters responded to the scene, including mutual aid from Bay County Fire Rescue.

Later in the day at 10:30 a.m., another structure fire occurred on N. Holiday Road in Miramar Beach. Multiple 911 callers reported heavy smoke and fire were visible from a shed-like structure located on the backside of a residence.

Engine 5 and Rescue 5 firefighters arrived at 10:36 a.m. and initiated a fire attack. Approximately 25 firefighters responded to the scene and worked for three hours mitigating the incident, including mutual aid from Destin Fire Rescue.

No injuries were reported in either incident. However, there were occupants inside both structures who were able to make it out of the residences safely before firefighters arrived.

The cause of both fires is undetermined at this time; however, the structures did suffer significant damage. Fortunately, the exposed homes were not impacted.

SWFD would like to thank all responding mutual aid crews and agencies at these incidents, including Miramar Beach Strength and Conditioning, whose business provided much needed shade and water for firefighters on-scene at N. Holiday Road.

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