Dec. 3, 2020
First and Second Red Bulbs Placed on City Fire Safety Wreath
The Pensacola Fire Department has placed the first and second red bulbs on the city's "Keep the Wreath Green" fire safety wreath after two residential structure fires today, Thursday, Dec. 3. The annual fire safety campaign aims to reduce the number of fires by promoting simple, life-saving holiday safety tips in December.
The first fire occurred at approximately 3:33 p.m. in the 600 block of East Strong Street. Firefighters arrived on scene to find light smoke showing from the residential structure fire. Firefighters quickly assisted in bringing the kitchen fire under control and keeping the fire contained to the kitchen.
No one was injured in the fire, but two adult residents were displaced. The American Red Cross was notified to assist the displaced residents.
The second fire occurred at approximately 5:17 p.m. in the 3900 block of North 10th Avenue. PFD crews responded to the residential structure fire at the vacant home. No one was injured, and the fire damage was confined to the garage and attic space above the garage. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.
The “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety campaign is a collaborative initiative with Escambia County Fire Rescue to promote fire safety during the month of December. During the month-long campaign, 5-foot wreaths will be on display at five city fire stations and 21 county fire stations, with wreaths also be placed outside Escambia County's Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, the Escambia County Public Safety Building and Pensacola City Hall.
Each time firefighters respond to a residential fire with damage, a green light bulb will be replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in residential home. The red bulbs on Escambia County's wreaths indicate the number of house fires in the county, while city wreaths indicate the number of house fires within city limits.
City of Pensacola residents are encouraged to call the Pensacola Fire Department at 850-436-5200 if they need smoke alarm assistance. County residents may call Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-HERO (4376).
To learn more about the "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign and for lifesaving fire safety tips, click here.