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Fire Demolishes Half a House on Forsythe; Oxygen Mask for 10-Year-Old Cat

| December 27, 2010

Palm Coast firemen Greg Dick and Patrick Juliano administered oxygen to Baby, the 10-year-old cat that was in the smoked-up house when the firemen arrived. (© FlaglerLive)

Windy conditions helped feed a fire that may have started in the garage of the single-family house at 104 Forsythe Ln. in Palm Coast at noon Monday. The fire was fully involved when Flagler County and Palm Coast Fire Department firemen got to the scene. Two hours later, half the house was charred. The roofs above the garage and the back of the 2,100 square-foot house had partially caved in. Ammunition stored in the garage — the owner of the house is into skeet shooting — popped from time to time. Firemen kept the fire from spreading either to the other half of the house or to adjacent houses on either side of the property, which the property appraiser office lists as being owned by Stephen and Marcia Dupuy.

Neither was home when the fire started. It was called in by a neighbor. But the owners’ three pets were inside the house. Two were recovered: a 10-year-old cat called Baby, given oxygen by Palm Coast firemen to help recovery, and Kay, a 13-year-old dog, who was OK, according to the owners’ daughter, Michelle. But Taz, a male, 6-month-old puppy was not found in the house and was likely to have run out. Michelle described the puppy as “a black fur ball” or “a black mop with lots of hair.”

“He’s got to be out here somewhere,” Michelle said.

“We had people inside the structure keeping it from spreading,” Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle said, “so the guys did an outstanding ob holding it.” The wind made fighting the fire more difficult. “They saved what they could, but it comes to a point where we have to bring our people out because it’s unsafe conditions. It was going pretty good by the time we got here.”

“Basically,” Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Forte said, “the normal operation for a fire like this is to be able to control the air and the movement of the wind through the firefighters. When the wind was blowing as strong as it was, it was creating a hindrance for us trying to find a clear spot to get onto the building and cut the fire off.” Still, the structure was controlled to the point of saving the possessions on the west side of the building. Around 1:20 p.m., Forte lent his boots to the owner, who went into that portion of the house to begin salvaging valuable possessions.

Meanwhile, Capt. Mark Valentik and firemen Patrick Juliano and Greg Dick took out the oxygen equipment for pets to take care of the cat. The equipment, which the department acquired a year or so ago, was not bought with taxpayer money: Valentik led a drive to raise the money, through other firefighters, and got approval from Beadle to buy the equipment, which is now on every city firetruck.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On the call, for the Palm Coast Fire Department, were Engines 24, 23 and 22 and a volunteer fire truck. The county sent Ladder 41, Rescue 22, an an air unit–that is, a vehicle to replenish the firemen’s breathing apparatus.

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5 Responses for “Fire Demolishes Half a House on Forsythe; Oxygen Mask for 10-Year-Old Cat”

  1. jack says:

    what a nice story. Nice job Greg!

  2. michell says:

    Taz was found hours later in the back master bedroom under the the debris. He is okay. Thank you to all the firemen and police officers, they were all wonderful to my family during the worst time of our lives. Thank you to all of my parents neighbors who came together to support my mother. Words can never tell you how thankful I am to all of you. Hope we all have a good 2011. Thank You Michelle

  3. B.C.Bellin says:

    Dear Chief Beadle:
    We don’t say it often enough…but Thank You, first responders, for risking all to help each of us in Palm Coast/Flagler.
    Even our pets…a special shout out to: Palm Coast firemen Greg Dick and Patrick Juliano. Palm Coast Fire Department, Engines 24, 23 and 22, a volunteer fire truck, county Ladder 41, Rescue 22…for also saving the pets at 104 Forsythe Ln. in Palm Coast at noon Monday.
    == FlaglerLive ==
    You all are THE GREATEST…and very much appreciated.
    Take care, be safe,

  4. John Smith says:

    starfire you are pathetic, this is about as stupid a statement as YOU could make. You talk about praying all of the time you might pray for forgiveness from this family after that dumbass statement.

  5. Cathie Florez says:

    I am so very proud to call Greg my dad:) I am very proud to know you as my father and am proud of what you do for our community on the daily!

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