Morning Fire Engulfs Home, Family Displaced [GALLERY]

Press Release: Tallahassee Fire Department

August 8, 2013 - At 12:13 a.m., the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire located in the 2200 Block of Wall Street.

On arrival, fire crews were met with smoke throughout the resident’s utility room.

The family exited the building safely before the Fire Department arrived. Firefighters quickly identified the origin of the fire to be in the electrical box.

Power was then shut off to the structure and the fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher. Firefighters checked for fire extension further into the house and safely secured the scene.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical malfunction and damages were estimated at $10,000. Three occupants were displaced due to the fire and no injuries were reported on scene.

By: Lanetra Bennett
August 7, 2013

Leon County, FL - A mother and her two kids escape their burning home in western Leon County early this morning.

Tallahassee firefighters say heavy smoke and fire were coming from this home on Red Deer Lane when they arrived Wednesday morning.

Five-year-old Peyton was the only one in her family not too shaken up to talk about it on camera.

She says, "My sister smelled the smoke all around her then she woke up. Then she checked in my room. I was not in there because I was sleeping with my mommy. My sister, then she was like, where's my baby sister?"

Peyton, her 14-year-old sister, and their mother were asleep when their house caught fire just after 6 a.m.

The mom is thankful that Peyton was sleeping with her, because she says the fire started in Peyton's room.

Peyton says, "My mommy pulled me out of the bed and then just took me out from the front door. She was trying to let me know that there was a fire. Then I saw a big piece of fire coming out from the top of our roof."

Tallahassee firefighters say it took them about 20 minutes to put the house fire out. They say it was somewhat difficult to even get started in battling the blaze.

CAPT Jake Anderson with the Tallahassee Fire Department says, "We had to fight the fire from the exterior of the structure. We were not able to make entry into the structure because of the fire load, the amount of fire that was showing and the amount of damage that had been done to the structure prior to our arrival."

The mother has cuts on her arm and hand from breaking her bedroom window to reach back into the home to get her cell phone and call for help.

The home is a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Red Cross is assisting the family. For inquiries on how you can help, contact the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at (850) 878-6080.

Press Release: Tallahassee Fire Department

At 6:17 this morning, the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 5000 block of Red Deer Ln. First arriving firefighters found heavy fire upon arrival and began to put water on the fire.

Due to the advancement of the fire and the amount of fire, crews spent 30 minutes getting the fire under control. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours with salvage and overhaul. Unfortunately the entire home was destroyed by the fire.

The Tallahassee Fire Department and the Florida State Fire Marshall’s Office are still investigating the cause of the fire. There was a woman and two children at home during the fire and all three were able to safety escape before firefighters arrived and they are being assisted by The Red Cross.

Leon County EMS and Leon County Sheriff’s Office also assisted on scene.

By: Lanetra Bennett

According to the Tallahassee Fire Department, a call reporting a fire on Deer Lane came in at 6:17 this morning. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire was visible, with flames engulfing a mobile home.

The tenant of the mobile home says that she, her five-year-old daughter, and her 14-year-old daughter were the ones home at the time. She said the fire started in her 5-year-old daughter's room and is grateful because her daughter happened to be in the mother's room.

They all got out safely. The woman has cuts on her arm and hand from breaking her bedroom window from outside to get her cell phone after she'd escaped the fire.

As of right now, the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

A morning fire on Red Deer Lane has left a mobile home severely damaged.

Authorities have not released a statement on what caused the fire, or if anyone was injured.

WCTV has a reporter on scene, and will bring you any updates as soon as they are available.

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