Lightning causes fire at Turkey Creek home

Thunderheads rolling through Navarre are being blamed for a fire that severely damaged a home in Navarre Monday morning.

Located along Turkey Creek Road, the house fire was apparently caused by a lightning strike to the back corner of the house according to Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton.

“The house was unoccupied at the time. Everybody was at school or at work. When we arrived we had heavy fire in the back side,” he said.

Firefighters work to put out a fire on Turkey Creek Road.

Neighbors saw the fire and called 911. Citizens were also able to remove a vehicle from the house’s garage to protect it from the fire. Firefighters from Holley-Navarre, Navarre Beach, Midway and Mary Esther responded to the blaze. EMS also responded to provide medical checks to the firefighters fighting the blaze.

“The fire originated in the back room…The back corner of the room was gutted. It traveled up from there into the roof and burned 90 percent of the attic. Inside it is a lot of water damage,” Norton said. “They should be able to salvage some of  their belongings.”

The family, a man, woman and teenage girl, have been referred to the Red Cross for temporary housing.

“Ironically the home is owned by one of our Fire Commissioners,” Norton said.

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