Smoke billowed from the gutted third story of a home on Navarre Beach Monday afternoon as firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze at the beach side house, located in the 7600 block of Gulf Boulevard.
The thick haze from the fire extended nearly a quarter mile down Gulf Boulevard, where Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies had positioned roadblocks.
The fire started in the attic and was called in just before 5 p.m., according to Navarre Beach Fire Chief Michael Howard.
Crews responding from Navarre Beach, Holley-Navarre, Midway, Pace and Skyline were joined by engines from Florosa and Escambia. Firefighters worked nonstop for more than four hours to contain the blaze and prevent the fire from damaging neighboring houses.
The homeowner’s daughter told this paper she was inside the home with her mother and children when the fire broke out. Two workers were in the attic making improvements to the home, she said.
Everyone managed to get out of the house quickly and without injury, she added.
Her parents had recently purchased the house and she was visiting them, she said as she placed her arm around her crying son. She said her parents would rebuild.
The home was a total loss, Howard said.
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