Escambia Fire Rescue puts out fireworks in Warrington

Multiple structure fires have given Escambia County firefighters a busy start in 2022.

Just hours after the start of the new year, firefighters responded to a fire at a residential house in the 8800 block of Mary Fleming Drive in Warrington at 2:46 a.m. Saturday after fireworks were thrown into the trash at the outside caught fire.

“People throw them away and because they’re still hot they can catch on fire,” said Davis Wood, public information officer for Escambia County Public Safety.

Wood added that the paper and cardboard make it easy to rekindle fireworks.

Firefighters arrived to find that the flames had spread from the trash can to the front right side of the house.

Crews pumped water to the one-story wooden house and brought the blaze under control at 2:58 a.m. The quick response kept the fire from spreading to the attic.

The house was still tenable after the fire, but will need electrical wiring repairs, officials said. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Shortly after finishing on Mary Fleming Drive, firefighters were dispatched to yet another residential fire in the 2400 block of West Hernandez Street in West Pensacola at 4:48 am No injuries were reported in the complete loss of one unit in a multi-residential structure.

Wood said the unit was unoccupied at the time. A passer-by called 911. Part of the loss was due to structural failure resulting from the fire. Firefighters brought the blaze under control at 5:26 a.m.

The cause of the West Hernandez Street fire is currently under investigation by the Bureau of Fire, Arson & Explosives Investigations.

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A residential fire at the 2400 block of West Hernandez Street in West Pensacola was considered a total loss.  No one was living in the house at the time.

Also early in the morning, Escambia County firefighters responded to another residential fire in the 2000 block of North “S” Street at 3.35am Monday.

The incident was another total loss of an unoccupied structure.

Firefighters found the structure completely ablaze upon arrival, but brought the blaze under control at 4:15 a.m.

Wood said the state fire marshal’s office was investigating the case.

While the two unoccupied houses were complete losses, the family will be able to stay in the house where the fireworks were improperly removed.

Wood said the fire on Mary Fleming Drive was the fifth firework-related blaze to occur in Escambia County since 2017.

“We want the fireworks to be soaked overnight in water before they go in the trash,” Wood said.

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