Christmas Night House Fire Victim Passes Away

December 31, 2018

The victim of a Christmas night fire in Escambia County has passed away.

He was identified by family as Ronnie Owens, according to our news partners at WEAR 3.

Owens suffered burn injuries in the fire about 11:30 p.m. December 25 in the 900 block of Rentz Avenue in Warrington.

Escambia County Emergency Communications received a call at 11:34 p.m. reporting the residential structure fire.

Crews arrived on scene at 11:43 p.m. to find light smoke coming from the residence, with a report of an occupant still inside. Firefighters were able to locate the adult male occupant, who was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in trauma alert condition and later transferred to a burn unit in Mobile.

The fire was called under control at 11:59 p.m., with major damage throughout the home.

Smoke alarms were present in the residence, but it is unknown if they alerted the occupant, according to Escambia Fire Rescue.

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3 Responses to “Christmas Night House Fire Victim Passes Away”

  1. George Cooper on January 1st, 2019 11:31 pm

    Daughter of deceased believes her father was murdered. We in the surrounding community believe a thorough investigation should be done. The homeowner must know more than she is saying.
    The owner of the home is a dangerous lying crystal meth user, trafficker and dealer and has multiple drug users and crystal meth dealer that were living there and constant drug activity on a daily basis in and out. The godundme account, as daughter of the decreased stated, she was not aware and she is the only family and DO NOT DONATE.

  2. bewildered on January 1st, 2019 9:53 am

    Too sad! According to his daughter this wheel chair bound man had no electricity in the house for quite some time. Unless someone tried to rig something up for power – an electrical short could not have caused the fire.

  3. Charlotte Bates on December 31st, 2018 11:02 am

    This is so sad. Praying for his family and friends for God to be with them during this most difficult time.

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