[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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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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  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    I seriously hope I or anyone I am close to never die in Tallahassee and the story gets published on here discussing the details. Some of you people are ruthless and insensitive. Just be glad this didn't happen to you or your family and be thankful!
  • by karmawillbite on Dec 13, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    Does it really matter - we all pay. Either in funds for the services or for families who lose their loved ones. I work with a her grandson and such a nice man, family. People get some compassion! Karma Will Bite!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    TFD doesn't charge. We get it. End of story. Lets all drop the nonsense and pray for the family in their time of grief. Thats the civil thing to do.
  • by sarah on Dec 12, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    I'm so sorry for the family and friends for their loss. I pray that all of you are able to have a wonderful holiday season, despite the circumstances.
  • by to Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Dec 11, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    TFD does not and will not be charging this family for this fire. TFD is funded by the fire service fee on utility bills, and by a seperate bill to county residents. The idea of charging for vehicle accidents was shot down by the Florida legislature. If you "don't make this stuff up" please share your source.
  • by another friend of TFD Location: tallahassee on Dec 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    For anonymous you do not have your facts straight and you obviously dont know anything about the fire service nor have you been a firefighter.You are just another sideline critic running your mouth about something you have no earthly clue what you are talking about. May god be with the family for their loss and be with our firefighters for them risking thier lives to help others. Thank you for all that you do Police and Firemen.
  • by Truth Location: Tallahassee on Dec 11, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    TFD does not charge for fires, car wrecks, medical calls, public displays or anything for that matter! It's paid for through the fire service fee! Stop spreading misinformation and speculation! Get the facts. BTW, the Florida legislators passed a bill preventing municipalities from charging for car wrecks last year!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    Cindy, If this isn't the time, then when is it. These services cost real actual money. No one wants to raise taxes to pay for these needed services, so now they have to charge for cleaning up car wrecks. Wrecks and fires are a daily occurrence (yes, it is sad when a life is lost) and this is why we have these services. Yes, it is sad when a life is lost, but, why is this not the time for this discussion and when is the right time?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    We already pay for it,it's called taxes. Greedy politicians won't take a salary cut but the taxpayers will take it in the rear.
  • by Cindy Location: Wakulla on Dec 11, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    I will be praying for the family. I am sorry to hear that this has happened at this time of year. I will be praying for you. Things hhappen and we don't understand it. Its hard I will not lie, I lost my mother in August. Please stop talking about charging for tfd to show up. We all will face that hurtle when it gets here. Its only a matter of time.its not the time or the place for this discussion. Learn some Manners.
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