The South Walton Fire District received a call at 8:55 p.m. last night reporting a structure fire at 198 San Juan Street in Seagrove.
Within minutes of receiving the initial 9-1-1 call, SWFD crews arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the back side of the uninhabited 1,200 sq. ft two story residential structure. Shortly after arrival, SWFD crews managed to extinguish the fire and contain the majority of the damage to the first floor.
The SWFD Fire Marshal/Investigator and the State of Florida Fire Marshal Detective were notified to determine cause and origin. During their joint investigation it was determined that arson appeared to be the cause of the fire. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was also notified due to an apparent burglary of this same residence. As of this release, the fire is still under investigation.
According to the Walton County Property Appraisers website, the property and structure are valued at an estimated $107,000. Fire damage was estimated at $50,000. The owners were not home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. Anyone that may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact the South Walton Fire District at 850-267-1298 or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8111.