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CFO Sink: State Fire Marshal’s Office Working Quickly to Determine Cause of Fatal Satsuma Home Fire

4/25/2007

CONTACT:  Detective Robbie Stephens
(904) 237-6471; or
Nina Banister 
(850) 413-2842                                                                   
 
 
SATSUMA – 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. 
 
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