December’s First Fire: Two Red Bulbs Lit After Escambia Fires

December 3, 2017

Two red bulbs have been lit in a local fire safety wreath campaign representing residential fires in Escambia County.

Aloha Lane in Beulah

A structure fire on the 9700 block of Aloha Lane in Beulah is represented by the first red bulb on the “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety wreath. Escambia County911  received a phone call reporting the residential fire at 4 a.m. Saturday. Crews arrived on scene at 4:06 a.m. to find a working fire covering approximately 75 percent of the single-wide mobile home.

Escambia Fire Rescue and NAS Pensacola firefighters responded and the fire was called under control at 4:30 a.m., with the home a total loss. The fire displaced one adult who is being assisted by the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported and the Florida State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

8300 block of Gardenia Circle

A fire in the 8300 block of Gardenia Circle is the second red bulb on the “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety wreath. Escambia County Emergency Communications received a phone call reporting a kitchen fire in a single story multi-residential building at 1:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Escambia Fire Rescue crews arrived on scene at 2 a.m. to find moderate smoke showing from the roof.

The fire was called under control at 2:22 a.m., with the unit a total loss. The fire displaced one adult and one child who are being assisted by the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was unattended cooking.

The “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety campaign is a collaborative initiative with the city of Pensacola to promote fire safety during the month of December. During the month-long campaign, five-foot wreaths are on display at 18 county fire stations and five city fire stations, with wreaths also placed outside Escambia County’s Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, the Escambia County Public Safety Building, Pensacola City Hall and Cordova Mall near the food court entrance. Each time firefighters respond to a residential fire with damage, a green light bulb will be replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in residential home.

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