UPDATE: One person was injured in an early-morning house fire in Panama City.
According to the Panama City Fire Department, they responded to a residential structure fire at 1900 Alabama Ave. The fire was located in a single story wood framed duplex residence. Twelve (12) firefighters manning three (3) apparatus responded to the call. Battalion One also responded to the call.
The alarm came in at 4:45 a.m. and the first arriving Fire Apparatus was on-scene at 4:48 a.m. The incident was brought under control at 5:18 a.m.
The structure received fire and smoke damage to the kitchen and living room area in the east side apartment. The west side apartment received smoke damage.
Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from the attic exhaust vent of the east side apartment. Two crews made entry using 2 – 1 ¾ attack lines to extinguish the fire and for a back-up line. An immediate search of the structure confirmed all occupants were out of the structure.
EMS assessed one of the occupants and transported him to the hospital.
After an investigation by the Panama City Fire Department the fire was determined to have started in the kitchen area of the east side apartment. The fire is currently under investigation by the Panama City Fire Department Investigators and the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office.
One person is hospitalized after a fire breaks out in their kitchen early Friday morning in Panama City.
Captain Taylor with the Panama City Fire Department says the exact cause of the kitchen fire in the small duplex off 19th Street and Alabama Ave is undetermined. Firefighters were able to put it out in about ten minutes.
Capt. Taylor says the fire marshall will not be investigating.