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House fire causes $1 million in damage in South Walton

South Walton firefighters were called to the WaterSound Beach community for a two-alarm, residential structure fire at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23. South Walton Fire District responders reported a […]

South Walton Fire Control District

South Walton firefighters were called to the WaterSound Beach community for a two-alarm, residential structure fire at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23.

  • South Walton Fire District responders reported a “glow” that was visible from County Highway 30A while en route, then arrived first at the home on Compass Point Way. 

“They reported heavy smoke and flames showing from a large residence,” said SWFD. “Firefighters initiated a fire attack to protect surrounding structures and bring the fire under control.”

Due to the size of the home, it took several hours to knock down the fire and complete an overhaul process of eliminating hotspots. SWFD utilized resources from all five of its fire stations and mutual aid agencies during this response, amounting to approximately 30 firefighters on scene. 

The fire also affected the exterior of a nearby residence, causing damage to one of the walls and several windows. There were no other reports of damage to the second structure. No one was in the home at the time of the incident, and no injuries were reported.

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The South Walton Fire District Fire Marshal and State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted a joint investigation and found the fire most likely originated on a porch located on the first floor. 

  • Furthermore, they were able to determine an electrical outlet on the porch was the most likely point of origin.
  • It is estimated the fire caused $1 million in damage between the two structures affected.

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