Structure Fire Sends Firefighter, Resident to Hospital with Injuries on Alabama-Florida Line
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — Over 75 firefighters from Escambia County and neighboring communities flocked to a condominium complex in Escambia County to combat a massive fire. The Insurance Journal reported that the fire happened overnight on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Fire officials did not indicate the suspected cause of the condo fire, which is a short distance from Perdido Key Beach. A resident of the condo complex sustained an injury in the blaze as well as a firefighter. Media outlets did not provide updated information on the medical status of the injured resident and firefighter. Fire officials are looking to find the reason why the fire started.*
The condo complex which caught fire early Wednesday morning stood within a short distance from the Flora-Bama Bar on Perdido Beach. The Insurance Journal reported that patrons at the bar ran into the condominium complex to help residents flee from the blaze. Witness reports said that the fire quickly involved the complex as it spread quickly from one residence to another. The fire also leaped to a nearby house and another condominium establishment, aided by strong winds that eased the fire's reach. The Insurance Journal reported that digital videos taken by witnesses to the fire showed the fire still burning as dawn rose over the Old River, and the flames gave the surface of the water a bright orange hue.
The blaze destroyed 26 condo units and the house that caught fire as well. Fire officials said all of the people who reside in the condos and the home were located after fleeing the fire. Fire officials said that while all of the people were able to get out of the burning buildings, they fear some pets may be missing. The injured condo resident and an injured firefighter suffered injuries caused by the heat of the fire. Officials expect both people to survive their wounds.
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