One person treated for smoke inhalation, cat rescued in Miramar Beach structure fire

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MIRMAR BEACH — One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and a cat was rescued Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out at a multi-home structure. 

The South Walton Fire District’s dispatch center received a call about 2:15 p.m. reporting a structure fire in the 100 block of South Shore Drive near Silver Sands Premium Outlets, according to a SWFD news release.

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South Walton firefighters battle a fire that broke out at a multi-home structure in Miramar Beach on Thursday afternoon. One resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Thick, black smoke was filling the area and heavy fire was showing from the back side of a middle unit when firefighters arrived at the quadplex. 

Firefighters from the Destin Fire Control District helped the SWFD units confirm all occupants were out of the structure before extinguishing the fire, according to the release. The fire was fully extinguished about 2:50 p.m. 

South Walton firefighters spray water on a middle unit of a quadplex that caught fire Thursday afternoon in Miramar Beach.

One resident who was treated for minor smoke inhalation is expected to recover, SWFD reported. Firefighters also rescued one cat from an outer unit and the animal was reportedly uninjured. 

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A unit of a quadplex on South Shore Drive in Miramar Beach was deemed a total loss after a fire Thursday afternoon.

The Fire District's fire marshal investigated the cause of the fire and determined it was accidental and ignited in the middle unit.

SWFD Chief Chris Kidder said in the release the quick action by all responding units helped prevent the fire from spreading throughout the quadplex. 

The middle unit was deemed a complete loss and the surrounding units suffered minor smoke and water damage.

South Walton and Destin firefighters meet after extinguishing a fire at a quadplex in Miramar Beach on Thursday afternoon.