Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Okaloosa Deputies, firefighters rescue woman trapped in burning home
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:32:56 -0800
One person was taken to the hospital early Thursday following a house fire on Mar Walt Drive. According to the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department, crews were called out about 4:30 a.m. to a report of a fire with possible entrapment. Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies were speaking with a woman trapped in a room at the back of the home who was trying to remove boards covering the window.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 7:32:56 AM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News
1 dead in explosive Lake County mobile home fire
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:46:18 -0800
A Lake County resident was found dead Friday morning after a passerby saw flames and heard explosions coming from a mobile home, officials said. Lake County Fire Rescue said the passerby called 911 at 4:25 a.m. to report a fire near State Road 33 and Glenwood Street. The caller also said there were sounds of ammunition and explosions coming from the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 9:46:18 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
Mother and son lose everything in fire that destroyed their mobile home in Sarasota
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:46:42 -0800
Mary Thomas and her son Wayne are grateful to be alive. Their mobile home went up in flames and they lost everything. “You never think that you’re going to be in a fire, thank God we got out, he got some burns on him trying to get out," said Mary. "But I’ll be okay,” said Wayne. Wayne Thomas suffered burns to his left leg and right hand.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 5:46:42 AM - SOURCE: WWSB-TV ABC 7 My SunCoast.com
Madeira Beach fire chief suspended for ethics violation
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:25:39 -0800
Fire Chief Derryl O’Neal has been suspended without pay for two weeks after a finding by the state Commission on Ethics that he had violated state ethics rules. The ethics commission fined O’Neal $2,000 for the violation and required him to pay the city $2,320, the value of storing his Jet Ski on a city lift between 2015 and 2017.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 1:25:39 PM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
2 hospitalized in crashes involving 5 vehicles on I-75 in Marion County
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:33:09 -0800
Two people were seriously injured in two vehicle crashes that happened minutes apart Thursday night on Interstate 75 in northern Marion County. Authorities said early Friday that the first crash involved a 2008 Toyota Scion TC, driven by Malik Campbell, 21, of Gainesville, with passenger Summer Nieves, 19, of Winter Garden; a Peterbilt semi driven by Lawrence Love, 63, of Indiana; and a 2000 Chevy Impala driven by Ray Latson, 46, of Gainesville, with passenger Jessica Latson, 29, his daughter, also of Gainesville.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:33:09 AM - SOURCE: Gainesville Sun
Neighbors resist proposed fire station in North Collier over noise concerns
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:44:27 -0800
People living in one North Naples neighborhood are speaking out against a proposed fire station on land near Orange Blossom Drive, citing concerns over potential fire truck noise. The station would go on land owned by the North Collier Fire District, on Yarberry Lane off of Orange Blossom. "Any sirens, day and night, (would be) affecting a pretty wide swath of people," said Bob Rosenbloom, one of several neighbors who addressed North Collier Fire District commissioners at their regular meeting Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 3:44:27 PM - SOURCE: WTFX-TV FOX4 Southwest Florida
Okaloosa County first responders rushed to hospital after traffic crash involving EMS
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Two first responders were rushed to the hospital themselves after the ambulance they were in crashed Wednesday. Okaloosa County officials say the ambulance collided with a cement truck while taking a patient to the hospital. One EMT and one paramedic were involved in the crash, but are expected to make full recoveries.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG News 7
New EMS plan aims to ease workload of Pinellas fire departments
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:25:50 -0800
During the more than 25 years Largo Fire Rescue Chief Chad Pittman has been a first responder, he has heard the topic of priority dispatching come and go several times. Concerns about call volume have mounted, however. So, after about three years of discussions and research, Pittman said several Pinellas County fire departments are finally willing to give it a try and forging ahead with a plan that would change the way calls are dispatched and could drastically reduce the workload of departments already stretched thin.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 5:25:50 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Newspapers
1 killed in overnight Middleburg mobile home fire
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:52:37 -0800
One person was found dead Thursday in a mobile home that caught fire in Middleburg, according to Clay County Fire Rescue. Neighbors called 911 around 2:40 a.m. about flames engulfing the mobile home at Knottingham Place. Over 20 firefighters from Clay County Fire Rescue arrived seven minutes later as the fire tore through the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 4:52:37 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Fire destroys Clearwater mobile home
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:30:28 -0800
A fire late Wednesday night destroyed a mobile home in Clearwater Firefighters and police, responding to 2649 Osaka Drive in the Japanese Gardens Mobile Home Park shortly after 10 p.m., found the home fully engulfed in flames. The home's occupants escaped safely, and no injuries were reported, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 6:30:28 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
'Red Bar' restaurant destroyed by fire in Grayton Beach
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 06:06:07 -0800
Red Bar, an iconic restaurant and bar, in Grayton Beach, was destroyed after fire breaks out at the establishment early Wednesday morning. South Walton Fire District firefighters responded shortly before 6 a.m. According to South Walton Fire Rescue, Garfield Street, Hotz Street, and DeFuniak Street are closed at this time.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:06:07 AM - SOURCE: WMBB-TV My Pan Handle.com
Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department: 3 rescued from apartment fire near Baymeadows
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:34:39 -0800
Firefighters rescued three people Tuesday night after a fire erupted at an apartment complex near Baymeadows, the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department said. Crews responded just before 8:30 p.m.to the Preserve at San Jose apartments on Old Kings Road South. Fire Rescue was able to knock down the fire quickly and bring it under control.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 8:34:39 PM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Polk County Commission demands answers in fire death
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 06:05:06 -0800
He said that even if every protocol was followed properly “somehow we’ve got to figure out how to do everything right and no one dies.” “Something didn’t work and somebody died but my experience in investigating plane crashes is the last thing you do is come to a conclusion before you have all the information,” Braswell said.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:05:06 AM - SOURCE: Winter Haven News Chief
Fire breaks out in generator room of Cleveland Clinic in Weston
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:09:37 -0800
A fire broke out Tuesday night inside a generator room at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, authorities said. Battalion Chief Michael Kane, a spokesman for Broward County Fire Rescue, said about 50 firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control without evacuating the hospital or affecting its operation.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 9:09:37 PM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Children back in class at G. Weaver Hipps following discharge of irritant at school dance, investigation continues
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 06:28:47 -0800
Students were back in class at at G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School Monday following an incident that sent 13 people to the hospital Friday after an irritant was discharged at a school dance. The dozen or so affected, most of them children, reported eye irritation or difficulty breathing. The school was a hosting a schoolwide dance for students and their parents and guardians when the irritant, which officials say was likely pepper spray, was discharged in the cafeteria.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:28:47 AM - SOURCE: North Fort Myers Neighbor
Orange County to name road after firefighters killed in blaze 30 years ago
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:55:08 -0800
Orange County is paving the way to name a road after two firefighters killed in the line of duty nearly 30 years ago. Acting Lt. Todd Aldridge and firefighter Mark Benge died while battling a blaze at a T-shirt shop in Lake Buena Vista Shopping Plaza on Feb. 24, 1989. It was a Friday afternoon when engine 36 rushed to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 4:55:08 AM - SOURCE: WFTV-TV ABC 9 Orlando
Florida Forest Service: Clearing the way for fire season
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:25:43 -0800
One of these signs could pop up on your property. That is why you should know about the Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Project. The Florida Forest Service says it’s the clearing of property that helps firefighters during fire season. Four in Your Corner spoke with Melinda Acni, Mitigation Specialist, with the Service.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 10:25:43 PM - SOURCE: WTFX-TV FOX4 Southwest Florida
Two boats destroyed in ‘suspicious’ Florida Keys marina fire
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:04:47 -0800
Two boats were destroyed and a third was damaged in a fire at an Upper Florida Keys marina early Monday morning that investigators are calling “suspicious.” The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday afternoon that one person was seriously injured in the blaze. It’s unclear if that person was the man a witness told deputies he saw running away in flames from one of the burning boats.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 1:04:47 PM - SOURCE: FL Keys News
Four Miami firefighters charged after coworker finds penises drawn on family photos
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:38:01 -0800
Four Miami firefighters have been charged for their suspected roles in drawing penises on a co-worker’s family photos — a case that drew national attention because a noose was also found at the scene. Firefighters Harold Santana, Kevin Meizoso and Justin Rumbaugh are being charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 6:38:01 AM - SOURCE: Bradenton Herald
Orlando Fire Department honors fallen firefighter
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:41:17 -0800
On Sunday, the Orlando Fire Department honored a firefighter that was killed 50 years ago. Firefighter John Lewkowicz was killed when a flatbed truck slammed into his fire engine while responding to a house fire. He was just 29-years-old. The Fire Department is issuing a renewed call for drivers to be aware of first responders on the road.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 7:41:17 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV MyFox Orlando 35
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