• Man loses childhood home in fire: 'It's just like somebody dying'

    By: Russell Colburn


    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A man who said he was raised in a Lincolnville neighborhood home that burned down Monday morning calls the loss devastating.  

    Bruce Hunter grew up at 91 Park Place, the third of four Monday St. Augustine fires, but by far the most devastating. The home, less than 1 mile from the other fires, was a total loss.

    "It's just like somebody dying,” Hunter said. “It was the same way when my daddy passed away in it, it was hard.  Now this is hard. That's death to me to see that house gone."

    Crews responded to the fire around 4:40 a.m. Monday.

    But firefighters still sprayed water on the house hours after the initial fire, washing away many memories for Hunter.

    "I just think about all the good times we had in that house, and my family, that's what's so sad about it,” Hunter said. “It's really hard."

    Crews dealt with multiple downed power lines and asked Florida Power & Light to cut off power to the neighborhood, all the while protecting nearby homes from also going up.

    "If it could happen here, it could happen anywhere,” Hunter said. “It's just a bad thing."  

    Hunter said he doesn’t often return to the neighborhood, but he wanted to Monday to say one final goodbye.

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