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One hospitalized from Sunday residential structure fire

An elderly couple narrowly escaped tragedy when their home caught fire Sunday evening.

Bonifay Fire Department (BFD) was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2072 State Road 79 north of Bonifay around 5:30 Sunday evening. According to a press release, firefighters arrived to find a single-story, wood frame home fully involved in flames.

The release said two residents had escaped the home just prior to the fire department arrival. One of the residents, Norman Wright, suffered burn injuries and was treated and transported by Holmes County EMS.

BFD was assisted by Esto, Gritney and Pittman Volunteer Fire Departments. Holmes County EMS, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol and State of Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services also responded.

BFD Engine 1 and Tanker 1 began a defensive attack on the fire bringing it under control within 30 minutes. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Wright was in the intensive care unit of a Panama City hospital in stable condition Monday. Wright’s wife, who was also in the home, was not injured during the blaze.

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