Holt Fire responds to mobile home fire


Holt Fire District responds to a mobile home fire on Innsbrook Lane May 5, 2018. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

HOLT, Fla., May 5, 2018–Holt Fire District responded to a mobile home fire Saturday afternoon on Innsbrook Lane here.


One of three Holt Fire District’s emergency vehicles that responded to Saturday’s fire provides water to fight the flames. (Photo by William Courtney Jr.)

When firefighters arrived at 2:11 p.m., the right front of the mobile home was about 40 percent engulfed in flames, according to Holt firefighter William Courtney Jr.

The owners weren’t home when the fire started, but arrived about 10 minutes after the first responders.

The Fire District got the call at 2:01 p.m. when a letter carrier delivering mail on his route saw the fire and called it in, according to Courtney.

“The guys did a good job,” said Fire Chief Scott Chestnut. Rather than allowing the fire to spread, “they stopped it where it was when they arrived on scene.”

Early estimates indicate about 60 percent of the home was saved due to the quick response.


Okaloosa County EMS provides oxygen to an unconscious dog found in a house fire while the pet’s owner looks on. (OCSO)

While no one was hurt during the fire, a small dog was found unconscious from smoke inhalation during the primary search of the burning structure.

Okaloosa County EMS went to work providing life-saving oxygen to the family pet, according to Chestnut.

The dog responded to the emergency treatment and soon was “running around,” he said.

Responders along with Holt Fire included Crestview Fire Department, Blackman Fire District, Okaloosa County EMS, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshal and the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Stephanie Holcombe



2 thoughts on “Holt Fire responds to mobile home fire

  1. I am the homeowner and this is the first time that I have seen this article. I feel truly blessed that the Postal carrier, Fire Department and EMS acted so quickly. My home was a complete loss due to the fire damage, but we were able to save quite a bit of belongings due to the fast acting from everyone on the scene. There was nothing more wonderful than to see the firefighter emerge from my home with our beloved dog. I am happy to report that there were many love offerings given to our family as well as a mobile home being donated. We (including our dog) anticipate moving in soon!


    • So glad your family and dog are safe thanks to the Herculean efforts of Holt Fire District and EMS. Our letter carriers also do a great job of watching over our homes while making their daily rounds.


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