Family of 10 escapes overnight electrical fire

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Fire Department officials say all ten residents that were inside a mobile home when a fire broke out overnight are safe.

The Consolidated Dispatch Agency received a call about a house fire just after midnight Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the 1300 block of Bayberry Drive in Tallahassee to find three-quarters of the mobile home engulfed in flames.

Crews immediately worked to mitigate the scene and extinguish the fire.

Firefighters conducted a thorough search of the home and determined that everyone in the home had gotten out safely prior first responders arriving at the scene.

TFD says 3 adults and 7 children were inside at the time.

One resident of the home was treated on scene for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the family. The father, Johnston Noble, says his family lost everything in the fire.

The children's mother tells us the kids range in age from three months to eight years old, and their grandmother is now in the hospital recovering from smoke inhalation.

TFD says the cause of the fire has determined to be electrical in nature and damage to the home is estimated at $40,000.

A neighbor, who is trying to help the family gather clothes and shoes and other necessities, says the house went up in flames in what seemed like 10 minutes or less.

Noble's sister says there was a scramble to make sure all of the children were out of the house and the last person out had to go out the back door because the fire was already raging in the living room and kitchen. The family dog also escaped the blaze.

We've learned that several of the children attend Sabal Palm Elementary School. The school principal says they will happily serve as a spot for citizens to drop off donations for the family.

We're told that the children are five boys-- ages 8, 7, 7, 6 and 3-- and two girls-- ages 1 and 3 months old.

TFD is reminding citizens to always have a plan of action in case of a residential fire. For more information on fire safety, visit

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