Fire Heavily Damages Leon County Home

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By Julie Montanaro

Both firefighters have been released from the hospital and are expected to return to work for their next shift, TFD Spokesman Mike Bellamy said.

By: Bailey Myers
June 30th, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - For about four hours the Tallahassee Fire Department fought to put out a fire at a Leon County home.

Across the street from the home neighbor Morgen Corbett was the first to see the devastation, "I was just coming to change my oil and then out of no where we were out there at the barn and I could see smoke. And then we come running up here and I call 9-1-1."

At that exact moment a fire fighter on his way to work drove by. Working quickly he turned off electricity inside the vacant home and called for reinforcements. Ten fire trucks and twenty firemen later, crews were battling flames engulfing the roof.

Corbett explained, "It got above the roof and you could see the trees right above there I was afraid that was going to catch fire and embers were going to start flying over here."

Those who stopped to get a glimpse, watched in horror as they saw their neighbors home burn.

For one on-looker it was a little more personal.

Years ago Patti Booth called this house her home; "My other daughter was born while we were here and they both grew up in the house and took their first steps. And had all their birthday parties. And you know it was really a dream home for us."

The scene was a nightmare for fire fighters.

Tallahassee Fire Department Spokesman, Lieutenant Mike Bellamy explained, "This home had a lot of wood and heavy building products inside, and once those become involved in flames they retain a lot of heat, and they are very difficult to extinguish."

With flames so hot and the temperature outside providing no relief. Three firefighter had to seek help for heat exhaustion, two of those were sent to local hospitals.

While firefighters struggled to put out the majority of the fire in the main part of the house. They were able to save one part of the house. And although one part was saved the majority of the house was a complete loss.

For Booth, she said, "I hadn't seen it so I guess it will always remain in the way that I left it."

The State Fire Marshal is on their way to investigate the cause. Firefighters estimate damages totaling half a million dollars. Both firefighters transported to the hospital are in stable condition.

Tallahassee Fire Department Release

At 4:48 p.m. Sunday, the Tallahassee Fire Department was called out to a house fire in the 15000 Block of Sunray Road after neighbors noticed fire coming from the home.

Upon arrival, fire was venting through the roof of the 4,000 square foot, two story house. Fire crews knocked down the large volume of fire within 30 minutes and were able to save an adjoining suite.

Firefighters were forced to switch to defensive tactics due to the likelihood of a building collapse. Firefighters worked for several hours extinguishing all of the hidden fires and overhauling the structure. No one was home at the time of the blaze.

Three firefighters suffered heat exhaustion with two of the three being transported to TMH in good condition.

The Tallahassee Fire Department was assisted on scene by LCEMS, LCSO and the Chaires and Miccosukee Volunteer Firefighters.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Tallahassee Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office. Early damage estimates from the fire are estimated at $500,000.

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