Fire Destroys Home in Laguna Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - A home on the west end of Panama City Beach was destroyed by fire. The call came in Monday afternoon putting first responders into action rolling out to the Laguna Beach home. Now an investigation is set to begin.

First responders battled a blaze that broke out around 2pm on East Lakeshore Drive. Upon arriving at the scene, the house was already falling apart.

"One of the walls collapsed and the roof collapsed so it's making it a little tricky to get inside and get all the hidden fire put out said PCB Fire Rescue Captain, Terry Parris.

First responders were dispatched to the scene within minutes and managed to contain the fire from spreading to surrounding properties. However, there was some trouble. 

"We were not able to make entry due to the amount fire. We did have initial delay with people blocking the road in personal vehicles and we had to get them to move to get in and then the next delay on fighting the fire was that there are no hydrants in the area" said Parris.

Despite these difficulties, firefighters were able to put out the large blaze. Hours after the initial fire, responders remained on scene making sure to put out any remaining flames hidden in the structure. 

"Everybody on scene did a phenomenal job of keeping it in check, getting it knocked down as fast as they did and preventing it from spreading to other structures" said Parris.

Tuesday morning the State Fire Marshal will further his investigation as to what caused this fire. The owner of the home was not there when the fire started and there were no other injuries. However, there are still two dogs said to be in the home at the time that remain missing. 


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