Milton’s home was destroyed in an early morning fire


 A house in Milton was destroyed after it caught fire.

Santa Rosa County says the fire occurred in a house located in Building 7600 of Henderson Smith Road.

The fire was initially reported when a medical helicopter noticed the flames from above while returning to base. Connected to Henderson Smith Road. Also called fire in.

Dispatch was called in at 6:53 AM and the fire was declared under control at 8:25 AM, and no injuries were reported.

Several fire rescue units responded including Harold Fire, NAS Whiting Field Fire and Berrydale Fire.

Patty Scott and her husband were sleeping inside when the fire broke out.

Scott says the sound of broken glass woke her up when she realized they were in danger.

Scott said, “I looked up and all I could see was black smoke.” “I just remembered what they’re showing on TV about staying low.”

Scott and her husband succeeded, but they left their phones inside, with no way to call 911.

Scott said, “If that helicopter wasn’t in the sky – I couldn’t communicate with anyone here.” “I was running the road back and forth trying to get someone to help.”

Scott says the fire was most likely caused by a heat lamp they switched on, warming their new dogs. Two older dogs escaped from the house, but 5 dogs were lost in the fire.

“It’s something I hope no one has to go through,” Scott said.

The family is helped by the American Red Cross and a state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.


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