Fire at the Economy Lodge in Bonifay

Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 05:58 PM.

BONIFAY — The Holmes County Fire Department responded to a fire at the Economy Lodge around 1:41 a.m. today, Feb. 14.

Command was established by Deputy Chief L. Cook, and Bonifay Fire-Rescue began an aggressive interior attack on the fire, in room 342, when the fire began. Bonifay Police evacuated the rooms prior to Fire-Rescue arrival. The fire quickly breached the attic space and spread through the attic above, eight rooms to the north of the origin.

At 2:20 am, Incident Command requested mutual aid from Chipley Fire Department and Gritney Fire Department. Both departments responded and assisted Bonifay Fire-Rescue in containing the fire. The fire was 90% contained at 3:03 a.m., and all fire units cleared the scene by 7:15 am.

No motel patrons were injured, however, a Bonifay Fire-Rescue Firefighter/EMT suffered a leg injury on the roof during fire suppression and was taken to a local hospital by Holmes County EMS where he was treated and and released. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

Chief Shay McCormick extends his thanks to Chipley Fire Department and Gritney Fire Department for their response and hard work in assisting Bonifay Fire-Rescue in extinguishing this fire, as well as the Bonifay Police Department, Holmes County Sheriff's Office and Holmes County EMS for their response and assistance.

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