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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Tequesta firefighter hospitalized after country club home fire contained

A firefighter is in the hospital after being injured while trying to extinguish a Tequesta country club home fire Tuesday. Firefighters were dispatched from Tequesta, Palm Beach County and Martin County to fight the fire. What was originally a response for a carbon monoxide alarm was upgraded to a full structure fire at the scene. The firefighters were able to contain the fire and stop it from expanding beyond the attic. One firefighter was injured and was transported to the hospital, according to Tequesta Fire Rescue. The condition of the firefighter is unclear at this time.
WPBF-TV ABC 25 Tequesta

Lauderhill firefighters surprised by gunfire during attempt to extinguish house blaze

VIDEO: Firefighters have a dangerous job to begin with, putting out risky and potentially deadly fires. They don’t expect to deal with gunfire in the process. A holiday fire call turned dangerous Monday night with first responders dodging bullets after Lauderhill Fire Rescue crews arrived to the scene of a house fire that was possibly started by fireworks. “The crews on scene last night were in a lot of danger, not only the fire crews but also some of the residents that were outside celebrating,” said Lauderhill Fire Rescue Lt. Joseph Panczak. As firefighters were putting out the flames, numerous gunshots rang out while hundreds of people were out celebrating the Fourth of July along the 2100 block of Northwest 59th Terrace, sending stray bullets flying. One of those bullets pierced a fire rescue truck windshield.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

Fire erupts at popular seafood restaurant in Palmetto Bay

VIDEO: A fire erupted Monday night at a popular seafood restaurant in Palmetto Bay. A viewer sent Local 10 News video showing flames billowing from the tiki roof at the Golden Rule Seafood restaurant on South Dixie Highway and East Evergreen Street. Another viewer sent in video from a Fourth of July celebration nearby. We’re told the fire happened just before 10 p.m. A photo taken at the scene shows an orange blaze burning from afar as dark smoke billowed into the air. There’s no word yet on what caused the fire, however a firefighter told Local 10 News reporter Parker Branton that it’s possible fireworks could be to blame because the tiki area was so dry and easy to ignite. Leftover fireworks were spotted just a few steps away from where the fire ignited. The outside of the restaurant, where most people would dine, was left charred.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

1 dead following Davenport mobile home fire

A mobile home fire early Tuesday morning in Davenport claimed the life of one person, according to Polk County Fire Rescue. Officials said they received a call around 5:15 a.m. about a fire at a mobile home located on Redgrave Road near Hilliard Lane. Fire rescue confirmed one person died as a result of the fire. The agency said the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office and the Polk County Sheriff's Office are investigating the fire.
WTSP-TV CBS 10 St. Petersburg

July 4th fireworks spark multiple house fires in Tampa Bay area

PHOTOS: Three fires in less than two hours kept Tampa Bay firefighters busy on July 4. The Hillsborough County Fire Responded to a blaze on Soratrace Street in Fishhawk at about 9:45 p.m. and saw heavy smoke and flames shooting through the home. Crews set up a defensive attack to stop the fire from spreading to neighboring houses. Officials said at least one person was inside the home when the fire broke out, and was able to escape with two of his dogs. A third dog is still missing. No injuries were reported. “The occupant disposed of used fireworks believed to be out in a cardboard box in the garage, failing to extinguish them with water,” the fire department said in a news release. “Investigators believe the heat of the fireworks started the fire in the box, which rapidly spread throughout the garage and the home.”

Vacant Pensacola home catches fire twice in 24 hours

VIDEOS: A house in Pensacola caught fire twice in 24 hours. The latest fire broke out at the home on North W Street around 2 a.m. Monday. Flames were through the roof when fire crews arrived. Fire crews were called out to the same home on Sunday. Officials say the home is vacant with no electricity. The state fire marshal is still investigating what caused the fires. No further details were released.
WEAR-TV ABC 3 Pensacola

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Authorities investigate deadly house fire in Kissimmee

VIDEO: The Kissimmee Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating after a body was found at a home where a fire was reported early Friday afternoon. Firefighters from the Kissimmee Fire Department and Osceola County Fire Rescue responded to a call reporting the fire at 2361 Lilly Pad Ln. around 12:30 p.m. on Friday. "This is an active scene, and it's still being investigated and once we have more information we will be providing it to you," said Melissa Zayas-Moreno with the Kissimmee Police Department. No other details were immediately made available by authorities.
WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

’Standing with him’: Apopka Fire finds special way to support firefighter in ICU

VIDEO: Apopka firefighters found a special way to support one of their own who is fighting in the ICU after a serious injury. Apopka Firefighter Austin Duran was seriously injured on the job Thursday when a 4,500 lbs sand trailer fell on him. His firefighter family came up with a way to show their support for him by creating a workout dedicated to him that they call do together in his honor. "Austin is a strong individual. His endurance and his passion for the job is impressive, and we want him to know that’s still burning in us. And we want to show that we’re here and standing with him," said Firefighter Jeremias Williams. They hope that the support helps Duran and his family during this difficult time. "I hope he feels that we’re here for him, and we’re rooting for him, coming together all for him, and hopefully feed off the energy we’re trying to give him," said Firefighter Taylor Legvold.
WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

Suspect with flamethrower torches flag at Uhuru House in St. Petersburg

VIDEO: Just before 10 a.m. Saturday, a white Honda sedan pulled into a parking spot at the suspect pulls into a parking spot outside the Uhuru House Black community center in St. Petersburg. The driver stayed in the car for about five minutes before popping the trunk and retrieving something from inside. Surveillance cameras at the Uhuru House recorded as the person walked across the parking area, carrying the roughly 4-foot long object. Then they hold it up and a massive stream of fire shoots from the end. It was a flamethrower and the suspect was apparently there to torch the red, black, and green flag raised in front of the center. The arsonist sprays the nearly 8-foot flame, on and off for about 30 seconds, before pacing back to the car, putting the flamethrower into the truck, and driving off.
WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa

Jacksonville firefighter battling for PTSD benefits gets backing from state leader

A Jacksonville firefighter battling for PTSD benefits is getting support from a state leader. “Sometimes we need to show them that we’ve got their back,” said Jimmy Patronis, who is Florida’s chief financial officer and state fire marshal. “[First responders] have our backs technically 24/7, 365 days a year every time we dial 911.” Patronis filed an “Amicus Curiae Brief” on July 30. It is also known as a “friend of the court brief” that voices his support for first responders getting benefits for any mental and nervous injuries. JFRD firefighter Jerome Patterson is seeking medical benefits for mental or nervous injuries of PTSD. He has already been denied twice. “There is definitely a powerful psychological burden that comes from the trauma that these men and women experience,” Patronis said. Randy Wyse, Jacksonville Association of Firefighters Union Chief, agrees.
WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

Lightning strike sparks house fire in Ruskin

A lightning strike was determined to be the cause of a house fire Friday evening in Ruskin, according to officials with Hillsborough Fire Rescue. Authorities said the fire broke out at a home on Dovesong Trace in Ruskin around 5:50 p.m. Fire crews initially reported that no smoke or flames were visible from the front of the home. However, it took firefighters less than one minute to determine the fire was in the attic, authorities said. Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames in the attic in approximately five minutes. There were no reported injuries. An investigation determined the cause of the fire was a lightning strike.

1 child and adult dead in New Port Richey apartment fire, authorities say

Firefighters found a child and adult trapped inside their apartment in New Port Richey which was on fire at around 12:20 a.m. on Monday, the Pasco County Fire Rescue said in a news release. Authorities reportedly saw heavy smoke and flames from the second floor of the apartment complex when they arrived at The Park at Ashley Place. A second alarm was called by command due to the size of the fire load and building. Firefighters were then alerted of the possibility of two people trapped inside an apartment, PCFR says. Firefighters found the child and adult after they ran up the stairs into the apartment and pulled them both out of the fire to quickly begin lifesaving interventions, the news release said. The child and adult were transported to a nearby hospital where they were later pronounced dead.
WTSP-TV CBS 10 St. Petersburg

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