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Franklin County Officials Keeping Close Eye on SGI Fire

Franklin County Officials Keeping Close Eye on SGI Fire
Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-10 15:02:33-04

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. (WTXL) - A fire over the weekend in St. George Island burned for hours, spanning several blocks.

Thankfully, no one was injured but there's still work for firefighters to do.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has charged Rick Crossen with a second-degree misdemeanor for letting a fire get out of hand.

As fire officials monitor St. George Island, the damage is done.

Viewers sent us video of Saturday's fire, burning out of control on the east side of the island by the bay.

With parts of the island blocked off, the Florida Forest Service has been putting out hotspots, checking for any potential new fires.

This all started when Rick Crossen allegedly set yard debris on fire.

But the winds came, sweeping up those flames and burning a much larger portion. The sheriff says setting anything on fire right now is unwise.

The Sheriff said no homes were damaged, and no one was injured. Officials are making sure nothing crosses into residential areas.

The Sheriff's Office continues to restrict access to east pine street to residents only until fire officials completely put out the fire.