By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 9, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Fire Department says that the recent increase in house fires is not uncommon for this time of year.
They responded to four house fires this week and say that the holiday season is one of the riskiest times for house fires.
One of the fires occurred Friday night on WInged Foot Drive in the Golden Eagle neighborhood. It left an estimated $500,000 in damage.
"We could hear these loud cracking noises from our house," said neighbor Tripp Ragans, "We came outside to see what was going on and we were shocked. There were flames going up from the house about 40 feet."
Two of the other fires caused significant damage, and a fourth fire was minimal.
Sarah Cooksey of the Tallahassee Fire Department says that being alert and aware are the two main tips for preventing holiday fires.
"If you have a live tree water it every day and make sure you turn the lights off," Cooksey said, "Also, have your heating sources inspected by a professional before cranking them up for the first time all year."
The cause of the fire on Winged Foot Drive is still under investigation.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 9, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A home on Winged Foot Drive in Tallahassee was completely destroyed in a fire Friday evening.
Crews with the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to the home around 6:15 p.m. and found heavy smoke and flames that extended through the roof.
Firefighters tried to put out the flames from inside the home, but had to withdraw due to the amount of fire and the risk of the building collapsing.
Crews were told all members of the family had made it outside and were safe. No injuries were reported.
TFD remained on the scene for hours to completely extinguish the fire. The 2,400 square foot home was completely destroyed, and damages are estimated at $575,000.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Crews with the Tallahassee Fire Department worked a fire in the 800 block of Delaware Street on Wednesday.
By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 8, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Fire Department crews are currently fighting a house fire in the 8900 block of Winged Foot Drive.
This is a developing story.