VIDEOS: Firefighters responded to a fire that broke out in a Bradford County neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.
Bradford County Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to a home next to a barn on Florida Avenue near South Division Avenue and Pine Street at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Bradford County Fire Department said that the fire initially broke out in the barn, then spread to the nearby house. Officials are still investigating what caused the fire. Crews worked for approximately two hours to contain the blaze, asking passersby to avoid the area if possible.
The fire is currently under control. No one was home at the time of the incident, and no injuries were reported. All units have been released at this time. There will be smoke in the area during the morning hours on Thursday.
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After a fire, investigators charged with determining the cause of the blaze sometimes stumble on unstable surfaces, breathe in toxins, or face other health and safety risks. But they had no central place to document their exposure to hazards at work, and researchers had no central place to evaluate that data to try to mitigate those risks — until now. This week, researchers with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are launching an online tool that allows fire investigators to voluntarily document accidents and near misses — part of an effort to improve conditions for the first responders who are vital to public safety.
The outreach comes from the Firefighter Cancer Initiative, housed at Sylvester at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in South Florida.
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Falling can be a threat to older adults and seniors, and sometimes affect their ability to live independently. A free program hosted by East Lake Fire Rescue in Pinellas County aims to help seniors keep their balance.
Woody and Jane Webster went to the East Lake Fire Rescue Station for the free program, which is called A Matter of Balance. Jane said they do things like leg lifts to strengthen their legs. "My husband needed the course, because he has balance issues. But after I got here, I realized I needed it too," said Jane. Terri Toner, who is with the Area Agency on Aging, said the program is designed for adults ages 60 and up to prevent falls. Claudia Hernandez with East Lake Fire Rescue said preventing falls is one of their biggest goals because these incidents are the number one reason that their firefighters are called to respond.
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A young mother has died just days after a house fire in Miami-Dade claimed the lives of her 4-month-old baby and her grandmother.
Rukiyah Kendrick, 19, died from injuries suffered in the weekend fire, Miami-Dade Police officials said Wednesday.
Family members said they went to Jackson South Hospital Tuesday as the end appeared imminent.
“We all had the opportunity to see her and we saw the severity of the burns and so it was devastating, devastating and we kind of prepared ourselves," aunt Charlene Brooks said.
Kendrick's 4-month-old son, Legend Larose, and her 70-year-old grandmother were also killed in the fire, family members said. Officials said it was just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday when Miami-Dade Fire Rescue received reports of a first-alarm fire at a home in the 101500 block of West Circle Plaza in West Perrine.
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In November 2019, a local father sustained cardiac arrest at his daughter’s soccer game at the Clay County Soccer Complex. It was the last thing Chad Eason, 39, expected to happen.
Luckily, help was nearby. Thanks to the quick-thinking nurse and off-duty firefighter in the crowd watching their child play, they kept Eason’s blood pumping until paramedics arrived on the scene. Clay County Fire Rescue Training Captain Billy Futch remembers the day vividly.
The initiative of the two bystanders and the fast-acting fire rescue department saved this man’s life.
“He was there to watch his daughter play soccer, and he’s still alive to watch his kids grow up and be a part of their life. It’s an amazing, easy thing to do,” Futch said.
Futch is now a training safety officer for Clay County Fire Rescue. He’s also trained Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Clay County Emergency Management officials, as well as many first responders from across Northeast Florida.
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VIDEO/PHOTOS: A car was engulfed in flames on the Florida turnpike Wednesday afternoon, causing all southbound lanes to close, fire officials said.
According to fire officials, the fire happened on the southbound turnpike in Orange County near mile marker 270. The fire backed traffic up to before mile marker 275. Firefighters were able to put the fire out by 4:53 p.m.
It is unknown if anyone was injured in the fire.
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