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Midday House Fire Destroys Callaway Home

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A Callaway family is without a home Friday after a morning house fire. 

It's a fire that could be seen for miles and quickly turned firefighters' fight into a battle.

"My first thought was water supply and manpower," said Callaway Fire Department Chief David Joyner.

Chief Joyner says the fire grew quickly rapidly inside the home forcing firefighters out.

"It was strictly an exterior attack at that time," said Chief Joyner.

An attack requiring more manpower than your typical fire.

"Something of this large scale," said Chief Joyner, "it definitely takes different tactics that come into play."

Therefore, multiple agencies assisted in helping Callaway Fire Department put out the fire: Parker Fire Department, Panama City Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, and Bay County Fire Rescue.

The State Fire Marshall was called out to investigate the cause of the fire but Chief Joyner says it's possible it may have started in the kitchen. "The occupant home at the time said she laid something out on the stove, she walked away, and it started from there," said Jyoner. 

Flames fizzled and smoke faded away after firefighters spent almost two hours battling the fire.

A Callaway firefighter was sent to the hospital for heat exhaustion.