NAVARRE, Fla. (WKRG) — Neighbors tell News 5 that a house destroyed by fire recently sold for 1.8 million dollars. Firefighters are on the scene of a 3-alarm fire in Navarre Beach.
Units are responding to a residential structure in the 7000 block of Gulf Boulevard. The initial call came in around 4:47 p.m.
“As each truck would pull up they’d head into the house and just come out completely covered head to toe in black,” said John Falgout, who arrived in Navarre for vacation as fire trucks were responding to the scene. “You couldn’t even see the original color of their uniforms.”
The structure appears to be three-story home. Large plumes of smoke were rising from the home when News 5 arrived on scene shortly after 5:30 p.m.
With temperatures climbing into the 90’s on Monday, multiple crews were a necessity. Rotations occurred every 10-15 minutes so firefighters could get some water and oxygen. They also needed more man power because of a low number of fire fighters on the responding trucks.
“It’s a budget issue,” said Navarre Beach Fire Department Chief Michael Howard. “It costs to put the man power on there and it’s just not there at the moment, so we do the best we can with what we got.”
A woman at the scene told News 5’s Hayley Minogue that her parents had just purchased the home three weeks ago.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.
“It was quite a scene, seeing the firefighters trying to attack,” said Joe Greco, who was on vacation this week, but is also the Director of Fire Services for Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana. “They did an interior attack, they did the best they could at the time.”
Three adults and two children were displaced by this fire. State fire Marshall and Red Cross have been dispatched.