Second fire in one day kills pet dog; $15,000 in damage to home

Damage inside the home was severe, amounting to about $15,000.
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Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 18:54 PM.

A kitchen fire in the 3600 block of Bob Tolbert Road in Holley represents the second candle extinguished on the “Keep Your Holidays Bright” fire safety tree.

Crews from Holley-Navarre, Navarre Beach, Midway and Florosa fire departments responded. Santa Rosa Emergency Communications received the call at 3:17 p.m. and the first crews arrived by 3:27 p.m. to find the resident had extinguished the bulk of the fire.

The fire is estimated to have caused $15,000 in damage to the mobile home. No one was injured; however, a pet dog was lost in the fire.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the displaced resident.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, cooking is the leading cause of residential building fires in December, accounting for 41 percent of fires, followed by heating fires at 28 percent, open flame fires at nine percent, and incendiary/suspicious fires seven percent. Additional kitchen fire statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, based on 2006-2010 annual averages:

• Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires.

• Two-thirds (67 percent of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials).

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