Firefighters said a 9-year-old girl was playing with a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a lighter while hiding in the bathroom of her home when she suffered burns Thursday night in Fort Lauderdale. Fortunately, her parents heard her screams for help.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said the flames burned about 30% of her body. Doctors with the Miami Burn Center at the Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center are treating her.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel responded to her home about 7 p.m. at Northwest Eighth Street near Northwest 17th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale's Durrs neighborhood. They found the alcohol, the lighter and the girl who suffered severe burns to her legs.
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A fire department in Collier County will soon have added protection for its first responders, and it’s not for safety against a fire. But it could be the difference between life and death on duty.
Greater Naples Fire Rescue District received approval to spend $50,000 on bullet proof vests for firefighters and EMS Thursday.
The fire department said it’s all because of the harsh reality of dangers on the streets. The vests will add protection on the job, and it will require some training for all personnel who use them.
Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt told us that it was a proactive decision to ensure men and women first responders for his district get back home to their families safe every day.
Wildfires that spread throughout North Central Florida are no longer active with the help of mother nature. Just weeks ago wildfires were occurring locally and throughout the state of Florida. Shutting down interstates and causing evacuations and now things have changed with the recent increase in rainfall.
Where there was once smoke and flames there is now rain.
"May saw quite an uptake in wildfire activity here in North Central Florida as well as throughout the state, we had record-breaking heat as well as extremely dry conditions," stated Ludie Bond, Mitigation Specialist for the Florida Forest Service
And now that we're in June we find ourselves in the opposite scenario.
"As we got into June, we started to see more widespread rain some more soaking rain and that's really helped us to suppress the wildfires that got fired up in May," stated AJ Willy, TV20 meteorologist.
Heavy rainfall has made the difference when controlling the wildfires.
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A black Mercedes-Benz fell off an overpass, plummeted several dozen feet to the ground and landed on Interstate 95, catching fire.
A tow truck driver told Local 10 News he was taking a nap under the overpass shortly after 2 a.m. Friday when he heard what sounded like an explosion, waking him up. He then saw a badly injured woman emerge from the wreckage, while a man was unresponsive.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the car was heading north on the northbound I-95 entrance ramp to the Golden Glades Park and Ride when it went over a concrete barrier, struck a large traffic sign and landed on its roof in the southbound lanes of the highway.
Firefighters extinguished the flames from the burning car. The man and the woman inside the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
FHP troopers identified the driver as 21-year-old Troy Jozef Andrews. His passenger's identity is being withheld as authoritis work to notify her family.
The mangled and charred vehicle was eventually removed from the southbound lanes of I-95.
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Investigators are searching for a suspected arsonist seen running from a Cape Coral duplex moments after it caught fire.
Follow this story to get email or text alerts from NBC2 when there is a future article following this storyline. The fire sparked at home in the 500 block of 3rd Street Southwest just off Nicholas Parkway Wednesday night.
According to a witness statement from the incident report, smoke was seen coming from the right side of the duplex and the front door was left wide opened. That same witness entered the duplex to see if someone was inside and reported seeing what looked like an "intentional fire" set in the hall.
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A New Port Richey woman is facing charges after Florida Highway Patrol troopers say she ran a red light, which caused a traffic crash.
Natali Louise Howe, 25, is charged with two counts of felony child neglect and running a red light.
A 5-year-old boy was thrown from the Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Howe, according to the FHP. Emergency Medical Services rushed the boy as a “trauma alert” after the crash at the intersection of Hudson and Little Road in Bayonet Point.
The FHP said the Jeep crashed into the Kia Optima around 4:44 p.m. Thursday. An FHP crash report states the boy was sitting in the Jeep’s rear middle seat.
Howe was driving four children in her car ages 9 months old, 1-year-old, 5 years old and 8 years old. She told law enforcement she does not remember what happened during the crash.
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