House Fire in Fountain Leaves One Resident Dead

House Fire in Fountain Leaves One Resident Dead

FOUNTAIN, Fla. - Around ten o'clock Thursday morning, fire trucks from five different stations, surrounding Fountain, responded to a house fire on Caravana Boulevard.

Bay County Fire Chief, Darrel Wise, said the home was completely destroyed.

"Upon arrival the home was approximately fifty to sixty percent involved," said Darrel Wise, Bay County Fire Chief. "The initial caller was a neighbor stating that flames were through the roof when she called."

The neighbor, Shonda Johnson, said she was helping friends look for their dog on Rollohome Road when they saw the smoke.

They went in the direction of the smoke and found the home already engulfed in flames.

Chief Wise said there was one resident in the home at the time of the fire.

"We made entry and found the victim in the structure and was able to bring him out," said Chief Wise. "Attempts were made for resuscitation, but we were unsuccessful with that."

Officials have not yet released the name of the victim.

"He was a very good hearted gentleman," said neighbor, Shonda Johnson. "He would do anything to help anybody. If you need a bowl, if you needed anything, he would get up and help you do it."

Johnson said she and a sheriff's deputy helped save three dogs from the outside of the home, before firefighters arrived.

"If something were to happen like this to my family, I would hope that somebody would you know do what I did and go in and do everything they could to you know save animals, save human, save people," said Johnson.

Officials said they have not determined the exact cause of the fire, but they do not suspect foul play.

Authorities believe the fire started in a bedroom.

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