Controlled burn gets way out of control

Firefighters scramble to protect church and houses as fire spreads

A ‘controlled burn’ that got out of control late Monday afternoon in Floamaton had firefighters and other volunteers scrambling to protect Little Escambia Baptist Church and other homes and structures after the fire began to spread outside the ‘controlled’ area.

The Alabama Forestry Commission issued the control burn permit to Freddie Lambeth to burn 117 acres of land near County Road 25 (Upper Creek Road) and Highway 113.

Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said he received a call from Teddy Lambeth Monday to inform him of the controlled burn. Records show the land in question is own...

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