Fire claims historic Apalachicola home

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 07:39 AM.

At 6 a.m., there was a cold drizzle as Savannah Dykes tearfully watched her home burn. Corky Dykes’ daughter resided on the first floor of the house with her daughter Layla. Both were out of the house, visiting a relative at the time of the blaze.

“I’m glad we weren’t here when it started. I’m glad everybody made it out but all of my stuff is in there. I guess I’ll come back later and look for my cat,” she said, without much hope.

The cat, Mahi, a male Siamese, is still missing. The Dykes family asks that anyone who has seen the cat contact them. A dog belonging to Dykes and Enfinger, and an elderly black Labrador retriever belonging to Laine, escaped unhurt.

American Red Cross representative Gathana Parmenas was on hand at 10 a.m. interviewing the residents and arranging for temporary housing.

In the gray morning, exhausted firefighters stood vigil over the steaming shell as they rolled up their hoses. 

Firefighter Mark Creamer was proud some of the lower floor was still standing of the home, which was named for a former county sheriff.

“We saved some of it. That's a fat lighter house," he said. "Those walls are hollow. You can stand in the attic and look straight down to the ground. It creates a chimney effect. The deluge cannons worked great. They were what put out the fire."

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