Firefighter outside of large, single-story brick home with heavy smoke coming from the roofMOSSY HEAD, FL— Firefighters responded to a home in Mossy Head after an explosion was heard inside the residence. Their quick response saved the lives of several family pets trapped inside the burning home.

At 11:54 a.m. on Sunday, December 3rd, Walton County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a large house fire that broke out after a loud explosion was heard coming from inside the home. The caller also stated they were able to get two dogs out safely, but there were still several dogs trapped inside the residence. At 11:59 a.m., Walton County Fire Rescue firefighters arrived on scene and confirmed heavy smoke and flames coming from a large, single-story home. Crews made entry into the house and deployed an attack line to begin extinguishing the fire. DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and Eglin Air Force Base Fire & Rescue Services arrived moments later to assist in fighting the blaze consuming 75% of the residence.

Firefighters battled the blaze for a little over an hour and a half before the fire was knocked down. During that time, Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies shut down Mossy Head 2nd Street.

Female deputy putting an oxygen mask over a small gray dog's mouth and noseNo residents were injured in the fire. Firefighters were able to save five dogs from the damaged home. The family’s pets were provided oxygen by first responders on scene and are expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, four dogs were later found deceased inside the residence.

Based on an investigation by Walton County Fire Rescue command, the fire’s point of origin was in the garage, however, the exact cause is undetermined at this time. American Red Cross was contacted to aid the residents of the damaged home.

Walton County Fire Rescue would like to thank DeFuniak Springs Fire Department, Eglin Air Force Base Fire & Rescue, and Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies for their assistance at the scene.