[UPDATE] Fatal Fire in Tallahassee

By: Eyewitness News / Amy Long / State Fire Marshal's Office Email
By: Eyewitness News / Amy Long / State Fire Marshal's Office Email

[UPDATE 12-13 2:00PM --

State Fire Marshal's Office statement:

The house fire that occurred at 1006 Stearns Street in Tallahassee on Friday, December 10th has been determined to be accidental. The fire occurred as a result of a space heater that was in use, being placed too close to combustible materials inside of a bedroom . The Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the victim died as a result of smoke inhalation.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Tallahassee Fire and Police Departments.

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UPDATE 12-11-2010 10:31AM

Press Release TPD:

Friday, December 10 at 5:40pm, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 1006 Stearns Street in reference to a house fire.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a home to be fully engulfed with flames and smoke. Due to the house being fully engulfed with flames, officers were unable to make entry into the house.

The Tallahassee Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.

Investigators located 75-year-old Betty Scott deceased inside the residence.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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UPDATE 12-11-2010 10:30AM

Press Release TFD:

Friday, December 10 at 5:40, seven units from the Tallahassee Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire on the 1000 block of Stearns Street.

On arrival, the single family home was heavily involved in flame. During the primary search, firefighters found one victim, who was deceased.

After the fire was extinguished, a secondary search crew found no other victims. The cause of the fire is still under investigation with the State
Fire Marshal’s office.

The damage to the property is estimated at $150,000.

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UPDATE 12-10-2010 11:06

Tallahassee Fire Department says around 5:50 Friday night the home neighboring the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church on the South side went up in flames.

Dozens of friends and family members rushed to the home on Stearns Street to find their loved one already gone.

Those who know the area say this is not the first time this same house has gone up in smoke - but say the thought of someone dying inside the home is heartbreaking.

Annie Washington witnessed the fire as says, "The house was engulfed with so much smoke and the fire was coming all out and then we stood there and looked a while because the fire truck had turned off in front of us. And I was so afraid if and was anybody in the house."

At this hour The State Fire Marshal is still on scene.
No word on the cause of the fire.

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UPDATE 12-10-2010 7:20pm
Firefighters were able to extinguish all hot spots of the blaze and are now proceeding with their investigation as to what may have started the fire.

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Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Fire Department has confirmed that there has been a fatality at a house fire in 1000 block of Stearns Street in Tallahassee.

TFD says the they responded to fire call at around 5:50 pm.

Stearns Street is near FAMU and FSU. It is located between Lake Bradford Road and Railroad Avenue.

A cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Details are limited at this time, but WCTV will continue to follow this story and try to bring you more information as it becomes available.


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