CFO Jimmy Patronis sends Insurance Experts to Help Fire Victims

CFO Jimmy Patronis

BAY COUNTY, Fl - Sunday afternoon's fire in Franklin County left residents without a place to call home. Many of those people need help getting back on their feet.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is sending Insurance experts to Franklin County to assist residents with filing a partial settlement claim.

Patronis' office will be providing homeowners with up to five thousand dollars, per household, for emergency living expenses such as temporary housing, clothing, food or pet care.

"This is where we potentially have the opportunity, Patronis said,  from our office whether it be through liability, but it just boils down to have some responsibility to our citizens and doing what's right to make sure we're doing everything that's possible to help make them whole."

The team of adjusters will be stationed at the Franklin County Sheriff's office Thursday afternoon from one to five in the afternoon, and again on Friday from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon.

Residents must bring proof of residency such as driver's license, utility bill or other bills.

Earlier in the day, Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam said the fire began as a prescribed burn conducted by the Wild Land Fire Service.

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