BONIFAY — No injuries were reported in a house fire Jan. 5.

Holmes County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting smoke coming from a residence at 1360 Clifford Street around 2:30 that afternoon.

The first Bonifay Fire Rescue unit arrived to find a single-story brick home with heavy smoke showing from the roof. Firefighters entered through the front door and found no fire on the ground level or occupants in the home at the time. Fire and heavy smoke was found in the attic space.

Firefighters had an extremely difficult time accessing the fire’s source due to the home having two shingle roofs, along with a metal roof above both shingle roofs. The fire had breached all three layers of the roof.

After making contact with the homeowner, fire personnel learned the homeowner had been experiencing electrical breaker problems and had taken the breaker out of the breaker panel and to a hardware store to replace it. While gone, the fire was called in by someone passing by outside. 

Bonifay Fire Chief Shay McCormick expresses great appreciation to Red Cross for assisting the family and to the Esto, Pittman, Gritney, and Ponce de Leon Fire Departments for their assistance in bringing the fire under control. McCormick also thanks Bonifay Police Department, Holmes County Sheriff's Office and Holmes County EMS for quick response. The City of Bonifay water and street department played a role in accessing the roof area with heavy equipment.