STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE WORKING QUICKLY TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF FATAL
SATSUMA HOME FIRE
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex
Sink, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, said the Division of
State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (BFAI), is
working with local, state and federal agencies to determine the cause of
a mobile home fire that took the lives of two adults and two children
this morning. An adult and a child were also injured.
The fire was reported by a 911 call
to Putnam County Fire Department at around 2:50 a.m. Firefighters
spent more than two hours fighting the blaze, which was fueled by normal
household accelerants stored under the home and was complicated by a
second roof that had to be removed to extinguish the fire. BFAI
Detective Robbie Stephens said there were no smoke detectors in the home
and the back door was boarded up. Ten people were living in the home.
“This department is working quickly
to find out what caused this tragedy,” said CFO Sink. “But this clearly
points out that it can be a matter of life or death to have working
smoke detectors and an escape plan.”
Also assisting in the investigation
are the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Anyone with information about this fire or any incident of fire is asked
to call 1-877-662-7766.
The Bureau of Fire and Arson
Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire
Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement
agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin or which
results in death or injury.