Lightning blamed for residential fire on Painter Branch Road

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Dorcas volunteer firefighters extinguish flames at 3939 Painter Branch Road. No was injured in the fire, but fire officials said lightening may be to blame.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 07:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Lightning likely caused the fire that destroyed a Painter Branch Road home this afternoon while Ronald Bray and his wife, Young, were away.

Fire officials were called to the residence around 2:30 p.m. after neighbors contacted volunteer firefighters from Dorcas.

Bray and his wife were at Big Kahuna's Water Park in Destin when they learned their home was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters rescued the couple's dog ─ Jill, a chocolate Labrador ─ which was inside the home during the fire.

Once the dog was free from the burning house, firefighters couldn't corral the scared animal. The dog then ran off into the neighborhood.

"Hopefully the dog is okay," Bray said.

In addition to the home being totaled, a family sport utility vehicle was heavily damaged. The home and vehicle are insured, Bray said. 

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