A pair of fires in Carrabelle did not result in injuries, but destroyed property and displaced families.
According to Carl Whaley, chief of the Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Department, the first took place around noon on May 9 at the one-story frame house of Jeannie Morris, on 607 Sixth Street West.
“The fire appeared to have started in a shed beside the house,” he said. “The shed completely burned and the south wall of the house had the vinyl siding melted off.”
Whaley some of the flames got into the eaves of the house, by firefighters managed to extinguish it before it could do further damage.
Because insulation was melted by the flames, the power meter had to be pulled out, so there was no power to the house after the fire. In addition, the smell of smoke had permeated the dry way, and so the residents are staying with family nearby, Whaley said.
A second fire occurred on Sunday night, at about 7:54 p.m. in a double-wide modular home at 731 Three Rivers Road, near the intersection of Bruce Street. The blaze destroyed the belongings of Trey Cruse and Cheyanne Jetton, and their three boys, Cayden, Ty and Zaiden, ages 4, 6 and 7.
“The firefighters told me that it appeared it started in kitchen,” said Whaley, who was visiting his in-laws recuperating from an automobile accident in Defuniak Springs.
He said the house sustained significant damage from the blaze, but there were no injuries, since Cruse and the three boys were at his mother’s house nearby, and Jetton was shopping in Crawfordville. The family’s three dogs perished in the fire.
A benefit account has been opened at Centennial Bank. Monetary donations can be made at any Centennial Bank; material items can be dropped off at the Carrabelle branch only.
The family is in need of Boys clothes size 5/6 and 7/8, underwear boys size 6, shoes boys youth size 12, 13, 1; Mens pants 30 waist, shirts men’s medium or large, and 10 1/2 shoe; and Womens pants/shorts size 14/16, women’s large shirt, and 9 1/2 shoe.