Two structure fires that occurred on Monday, Dec. 10 represent the second and third red bulbs on the “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety wreath.
Escambia County Emergency Communications received a call at 5:41 a.m. reporting a structure fire in the 700 block of North 77th Avenue. Upon arriving on scene, crews found a working fire in the carport that had extended to the house and attic of the single-family residence. The fire was brought under control at approximately 6:50 a.m. One resident was transported by Escambia County EMS to West Florida Hospital. The home did not have working smoke detectors, and it was declared a total loss. Three adults were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
The second call came in at approximately 5:52 a.m. reporting a multi-residential structure fire in the 700 block of Tumbleweed Trail. Crews arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the ground floor of the two-story apartment building. Escambia County Fire Rescue called the fire under control at 6:12 a.m., with fire damage in the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the apartment where the fire occurred. Two adults and two children were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported. The apartment where the fire started did not have a working smoke detector.
If your home doesn't have a working smoke detector, please call Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-HERO (4376) or 850-436-5200 for city of Pensacola residents.
The “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety campaign is a collaborative initiative with the city of Pensacola to promote fire safety during the month of December. During the month-long campaign, five-foot wreaths are on display at 18 county fire stations and five city fire stations, with wreaths also placed outside Escambia County's Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, the Escambia County Public Safety Building, Pensacola City Hall and Cordova Mall near the food court entrance. Each time firefighters respond to a residential fire with damage, a green light bulb will be replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in residential home. For more tips on how to stay safe during the holiday season, visit myescambia.com/KeepTheWreathGreen.