Firefighters extinguish structure fire in Indian Pass

Emergency personnel reponded to a structure fire off of Indian Pass shortly after 6:20 a.m. EDT Friday morning very near where a 115 acre wildfire broke out on October 5.

As of 8:45 a.m., South Gulf Fire Rescue’s Fire Chief Mike Barrett reported that the fire had been put out and that firefighters were in the process of “mopping up.”

According to Barrett, the fire consumed a small residence and a garage before it was extinguished. There were no injuries reported in the structure fire.

“Additional equipment and manpower responded (to the event) from Port St. Joe Fire Department, Highland View Fire Department, Beaches Fire Department, Gulf County Emergency Medical Services, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office and Duke Energy,” Barrett said.

At this time, Barrett said it is unknown whether the fire’s cause was wildfire-related. A more conclusive cause will be determined following an investigation by fire marshalls.

The Florida Forest Service still reports the Indian Pass Wildfire to be 100% contained.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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