A fire completely destroyed an Apalachicola home at 79 Ave K behind Chester Rhodes old laundromat early Tuesday morning. When the Apalachicola All-Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene the house was too far gone to salvage.
“The structure was fully engulfed in flames when we arrived… all we could do was to keep the fire from spreading”, said Fonda Davis, Sr., Apalachicola Assistant Fire Chief.
The initial 911 call about the fire came in around 2:00 a.m., no one was home at the time; the owner is believed to have stayed there only when visiting the area. The intense heat from the blaze caused an LP gas tank that was serving the home to erupt; shooting flames at least 20 feet into the night sky, no one was injured in the fire.
Davis said it took almost 2 hours before firemen could extinguish the blaze and that the cause of the fire will be investigated by the State Fire Marshal.