An early morning fire in Lanark Village Friday completely destroyed two apartments, and did considerable damage to two others.
Mark Goodwin, chief of the St. James - Lanark Village Volunteer Fire Department, said units 7 and 8 at 29 Heffernan Drive, were consumed by the flames, suffering complete losses, with units 5 and 6, also suffering considerable smoke and water damage.
“We lost two apartments, they were total losses, gutted, gone,” said Carl Whaley, chief of the Carrabelle Fire Department, which responded to the fire at 1:14 a.m. Friday. Firefighters from the Alligator Point Volunteer Fire Department also responded.
Whaley said the Carrabelle firefighters stayed until about 6 a.m. Lanark firefighters stayed on the scene all day, leaving about 8 p.m.
Whaley speculated that the fire may have had its roots in the electrical system. Amy Goodwin, safety officer for the Lanark department, said the department is waiting on the report from the state fire marshal’s office which is expected to be completed by week’s end.
Goodwin declined to release the names of the people affected by the fire. She said three families were displaced, and that they are now staying with other family members. “The Red Cross was involved and helped them as well,” said Goodwin.
Brooke Brannan, who along with partner Gage Brannan are parents of two young boys, posted on Facebook the morning of the blaze.
“Last night my worst nightmare came true,” she wrote. “We were woken up to our house filled with smoke. Lord knows that I worked hard for everything in my little house, but it can all be replaced. Me, Gage and the boys’ lives on the other hand cannot be.
“Everything was gone in a matter of minutes. We made it out just in time,” she said. “My next door neighbors’ unit caught fire and since we are connected ours caught fire as well.”
Brannan wrote that the family’s lives were saved because of the quick action of Carrabelle Policeman Chris Granger, who went door to door waking people up.
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders noted at Tuesday morning’s meeting that the fire wall required by the county helped slow the fire, preventing further it from spreading the entire length of the eight-unit structure along a common attic.