Fire in St. Martin Destroys Home

Today, a St. Martin family of five have lost their home, but escaped with their lives.
The Jackson County Fire Department was called to a house fire shortly after midnight on Spanish Drive.
Tonya Theriot, a friend of the Casey family, took pictures this morning of the tragedy her good friend frantically described in text messages just hours earlier: “Last night, after midnight, I received a text message from my friend Angie Casey that her house was burning down. And I contact her and she told me that her son Corey had heard some rumbling going on, and he stepped out of the room and he saw smoking coming.”
A rumbling fire was slowly engulfing the home, with all five family members inside, including Angie’s son, who quickly sprang into action. “He got them out of the house and he noticed his sister was on top of the roof and he helped her down,” said Theriot.
Firefighters were on the scene, not long after, battling raging flames in the garage.
District Chief Jeremy Bell said, “We knocked that fire down pretty quick, but we weren’t quick enough that it got into attic space and the crawl space between the attic and the living room and spread rapidly through the house. It was an older home, which prevented us from finding the seat of the fire.”
Firefighters were not able to go full force inside the house because of concerns over the roof collapsing: “Eventually, we had to move to a defensive mode, protect the surrounding structures, get as much contents out of the house we could save and the family was grateful for that,” said Chief Bell.
“They’ve had a great loss here recently. It’s just really sad. I hope they can rebuild. They have lost everything at this point,” said Theriot.
Jackson County fire officials tell News 25, one member of the family was taken to the USA Medical Center in Mobile for third degree burns.

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