Fire Destroys Fountain Home

FOUNTAIN, Fla. - Bay County Fire and Rescue responded to a call on County Line Road in Fountain, early Thursday morning.

Robert Turner's morning began with a fire threatening his home.    

"My first reaction was I was trying to put the fire out," said resident, Robert Turner.

But he failed and the home is now a complete loss.

Authorities said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but feel like it was started by a debris fire that wasn't completely extinguished. 

"I've always made sure that the coals were out, I'd pour water on them and everything. And this one here I did the exact same thing, it was about nine or ten o'clock, and I came, I made sure it was black, you couldn't see no coals burning. Well apparently they came back," said Turner.

Turner said he bought the land when he was 21 years old, and has been burning on the property for 30 years without any incidents.

But he advises all to use extreme caution when burning debris.    

"If you're going to burn under brush, be very careful, because you could lose everything," said Turner.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, but Turner said his home is completely destroyed and he hopes he can salvage as many keepsakes as possible.

"I don't understand it, you know, but it all happened for a reason I guess," Turner said.

The Bay County Fire and Rescue reminds everyone to make sure that there are multiple smoke detectors in your house and often check that they are working properly.

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