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First responders have their own house burn while on duty

First responders are usually the ones responding to emergencies like house fires.

This time, two Escambia County EMS paramedics are in search of a new place to live after a fire destroyed their home.

The fire broke out around 9 Thursday night on Rosalyn Way in Escambia County.  When fire crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back of the house near the kitchen area.

Neighbors say the house that burned down was under renovation.  The EMS paramedics who occupied the home had not fully moved in yet.  They were on duty when the fire started.

Luckily no one was hurt, including the dogs.  William Brock lives next door.  He took care of the dogs so firefighters could put out the fire.

"We got them out of there because Max wasn't going to let anybody in there so we got them over into my yard so they did their work and they did great" said William Brock, neighbor.

The Escambia County Firefighters Union raises money throughout the year to help fire victims.  They plan to make a financial donation to help the paramedics recover.

"When you hear it's one of your fellow coworkers in the public safety community, it does strike home and you want to do the most you can to help these people" said Brian Chetwynde, firefighter.

"It was really a blessing nobody was in there, they could have easily been asleep and that could've been it" sand Gary Kelley, neighbor.

The home is considered a total loss.

The state fire marshal is investigating what caused the fire.