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Destin overnight house fire
DESTIN -- Rob Brown "At around midnight Thursday evening, this house on Primrose Circle went up in flames. The fire is believed to have started in the back of this carport, and then made its way into the house."
A family of five, two adults and three children, lived in the home. All five and one of the two family pets were able to make it out of the house safely. The other died in the fire. Kevin Sasser, Destin's fire chief, said they're unsure of the cause of the fire.
Kevin Sasser "We're currently investigating it, but we do not believe it to be suspicious. We haven't determined the cause as of yet."
Paul Cornish lives across the street from the house. He says neighbors and firefighters did all they could to help.
Paul Cornish "Everybody responded as best they could, but it was just so fast."
Cornish's priority was making sure the three children were safe.
Paul Cornish "It's one of those things that you just feel helpless. And we did what we could, and that was just mainly see that the kids were ok."
Cornish and his wife helped take the children from the house into their own and comforted them through the ordeal.
Paul Cornish "The family was really shaken. The gentleman that lives there, he was visibly shaken up. I think he tried to recover the other dog and he couldn't because of the smoke, and he was kind of startled. He just was real quiet. Of course, they were all upset."
Cornish says he'll take a second look at his own home's fire safety.
Paul Cornish "It makes you think and look around your own house for all those things because I'm just shocked at how fast it was."
Rob Brown "The American Red Cross helped the family find temporary housing and is leading the relief effort. No word on what the family will do next."