[UPDATE] Fire Destroys Home in Tallahassee

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 1-4 9:00AM --

TFD Release:

Yesterday evening at 7:30, eight units from the Tallahassee Fire Department were dispatched to a reported structure fire on the 1100 block of Cottonwood Lane. On arrival, the double-wide trailer was found fully involved in flame. After extinguishment, the home was deemed a total loss, with damages estimated at $100,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the family with housing needs.


Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a fire call in the 1100 block of Cottonwood Lane at around 7:30 pm on Monday night.

TFD says five units were dispatched to fight the blaze and after 2 1/2 hours, fire officials are still on scene.

Fire officials tell WCTV that no one was home at the time of the fire, since the family was out of town, but a family pet did perish in the fire. TFD, also, says the residence is a complete loss.

Clean-up continues and no word yet on what started the blaze.

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  • by Alyssa Location: Wakulla on Jan 7, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    First of all this is my family so any bad comments should be kept to yourself! They lost everything including 2 wonderful dogs! Any donations are greatly appreciated!
  • by C Location: Woodville on Jan 7, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    Come on people stop with the questions and bantering back and forth...the Fire Dept. got there ASAP as they were only about 2 miles away (if that)!! Also, it does not matter who assessed the damage according to $$$. Just have some compassion and ask how you can help...they have absolutely nothing left and it was NOT their neglect at the home...it seems to be a fault in the wiring within the house!!! How would you feel if this was you???
  • by Janis Location: Crawfordville on Jan 5, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Tlh Resident and B, this is for you: My friends lost their home and two wonderful dogs in this fire.... I've read some of the comments left by folks questioning the value of the mobile home, or the resources of the fire department. It's obvious that you have never had a fire in your home and have no concept of complete loss. Could it be that all of the equipment used in their jobs, tools for hunting, computers, electronics, household goods, the improvements made to their home, would raise the value of a simple, double wide mobile home? Could you people find it in your hearts to make a donation to the Red Cross for this family? I hope so, your callous remarks would deem it appropriate.
  • by Me Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    Responding to B: Surely professional fire fighters know the "resources" needed to battle the fires they routinely handle. However B, given your obvious lack of regard for the lives and properties those fine men and women seek to save while risking their own -- if you'd like to state your home address for the record -- I am certain they'd be glad to roll far less resources towards your residence should the need ever arise. Then again, I'm sure you'd recount that statement in full if your home was ablaze and you (or loved ones) might be trapped inside. What do you think folks? Your thoughts B?
  • by B Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    Is it just me or does 8 units seem to be a bit much to roll equipment to a double wide trailer? Heck, even a house fire seems to be a bit much. I'm pretty sure in the south part of the county there are not enough stations to house 8 units, so that means some had to travel from other stations...... Was this an effective use of resources?
  • by Anonymous Location: Woodville on Jan 4, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    I am close friends of the family and they actually lost two dogs in the fire. Its absolutely horrible. There is next to nothing salvageable! I hope the red cross can come through in a big way for this family! Even after the fire this family would do anything to help anyone! Very caring and giving family!
  • by heather Location: Tally on Jan 4, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    I will be praying for this family, especially for their little girl. A friend of mine knows this family and she said the family needs clothes, toys for the little girl, canned food items, toiletries, etc. Lets help a neighbor in need!! Pray and donate!! You would want help if this happened to you!! Thanks!!
  • by denise Location: woodville on Jan 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    who is this family; i am from woodville
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    please any one who can help American Red Cross with donations to help the family! I know a relative of this family and it is really devistating to them..
  • by amazed Location: Crawfordville on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    I imagine the $100,000 value included the trailer and all of its contents. How sad to lose everything, especially the pet.
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