The state Fire Marshal estimates a Saturday morning fire at the home of a former Chipley city councilman caused $800,000 in damages.
According to Chipley Fire Chief Floyd Aycock, the house on 5th Avenue, known as "Twin Magnolias," was built in the 1890s and is owned by former councilman Roger Sloan.
Aycock said his department got the call at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived, the top floor and roof of the house were engulfed in flames, Aycock said, and it took about four hours to bring the fire under control.
No one was injured – the house was unoccupied at the time – and the Fire Marshal is trying to determine what started the fire.