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Archive for the ‘Fires’

BPD officer and family lose their home in fire

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Many times during her three years with the Blountstown Police Department (BPD), Officer Daisy Holliday has rushed to the aid of others. Friday morning, she was the one needing help when the home where she and her husband, Manuel, live with their three children, caught fire. Holliday had worked a […]

Hosford family loses all in Friday morning blaze

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Faulty wiring in the ceiling was determined to be the cause of a Friday morning fire that destroyed the Hosford residence of John and Brandy Kirkland. Volunteers with the Hosford-Telogia Fire Department arrived at the home at 6709 NE Cody Creek Trail around 8:30 a.m., where they used 20 gallons of […]

Vehicle overturns & burns just off SR 71 on Saturday

Two people escaped with minor injuries after a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander overturned and burned in Calhoun County Saturday afternoon.  The vehicle was en route to Port St. Joe around 2:15 p.m. CT  on SR 71, about two miles south of Blountstown, when the driver lost control.   The vehicle began rolling end-over-end until reaching a […]

Fire destroys Calhoun County mobile home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Calhoun County family escaped harm but lost their home in a fire last Thursday. Firefighters were called to  23778 NW CR 73A around 5 p.m., where flames gutted the interior of a double-wide mobile home with a built-on porch. The structure was home to Angela Vanwagner, who lived there […]

Saturday morning fire destroys kiln at Rex Lumber

A fire that broke out at Rex Lumber in Bristol Saturday morning destroyed one of the company’s continuous kilns.  The cause of the blaze is unknown.  Firefighters were paged out at 7:15 a.m. and arrived to find the dry kiln building engulfed in flames, sending up plumes of smoke visible for two miles.  Volunteers from […]

Florida Forest Service sends crews to battle California wildfires

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has sent 40 wildland firefighters to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in California. “Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are a key component and valuable asset among the national firefighting […]

Fire destroys Clarksville home; benefit dinner Thurs.

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A family of four lost their home and all of its contents in an early-morning fire last week in Clarksville.  Chris and Rebecca Roy, along with her daughter, Morgan, 18, and son, Shane, 15, shared the three bedroom residence but were not there when it burned. A family friend said […]

Fire levels wood-frame home; cause unknown

A wood-frame rental home at 7556 NW Sweet Gum Street was leveled by flames Friday afternoon. Firefighters were called the burning home around 5 p.m. The heat from the fire was so intense it melted the curtain blinds in a neighboring trailer, according to Bristol Fire Chief Dale Hobby. He said the fire appears to […]

Blaze destroys VW on Hoecake Road

 An electrical short is thought to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle traveling on Hoecake Road in Bristol Monday night. Garnette Pullam told firefighters he heard crackling and popping sounds in the floorboard just before he stopped the vehicle. Five volunteers joined Bristol Fire Chief Dale Hobby in extinguishing […]

Late night fire levels Hosford structure

An old “railroad house” believed to have been built in the 1920s was leveled by a fire late Sunday night in Hosford. The residence, located on Bamboo Court, was believed to be unoccupied and the owner lives out of town. Firefighters saved several stray animals that were found inside. Hosford Fire Chief Marty Faircloth said […]