Fire destroys Merritt Island home, dog rescued from flames
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — Brevard County Fire Rescue is investigating after a fire ripped through a home on Merritt Island early Saturday morning. Firefighters rescued a dog that was trapped inside the fire. Read: Temperatures drop overnight Saturday, cold weather on the wayThere is no word on what started the fire. Read: Number of homes for sale around Orlando hits historic lowExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Merritt Island House Fire - Artemis BlvdRead: Police: teacher left children home alone while she vacationed in FloridaChannel 9 will bring you updates as they become available. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Crash & truck fire shuts down Floridas Turnpike in Osceola County
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla — The Florida Highway Patrol and Osceola County Fire Rescue are working an early morning crash and truck fire that has Floridas Turnpike southbound closed. According to FHP, the incident happened around 6:01 a.m. near the 205 Mile Marker in Kenansville. Updated: Crash in Osceola County on Floridas Turnpike South, before Mile Marker 205, and traffic backed up to before Mile Marker 207. https://t.co/PqQw4r4gpp — FL511 Central (@fl511_central) September 4, 2021No reports of any injuries but Floridas Turnpike is currently closed from YeeHaw Junction to Kissimmee. Driver’s best alternative is to exit at YeeHaw junction and take SR441 to US192.wftv.com
Marion County, Forest Service firefighters working to contain 100-acre wildfire in Florida Highlands
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Firefighters with the Florida Forest Service and Marion County Fire-Rescue are working to contain a 100-acre wildfire in the Florida Highlands near Dunnellon. According to the most recent update from the Forest Service, the fire is about 70 percent contained. READ: I-95 reopens after being closed due to smoke from 800-acre fireMarion County Fire Rescue is currently working to contain a large vegetation fire in the Florida Highlands area of... Posted by Marion County Fire Rescue on Friday, May 21, 2021Three homes have been damaged by the fire, according to the Forest Service. About 25 homes have been evacuated. READ: Florida unemployment rate ticks up slightly as business owners continue to struggle to find workersAccording to Marino County Fire-Rescue, the main area being affected is near Southwest 155th Street and Southwest 80th Avenue.wftv.com
Lightning strike causes chunk of road to fly through windshield, injuring 2
2 injured after lightning strike sends chunk of road through windshield Officials with Walton County, Florida, Fire Rescue said two people were injured when a lightning strike caused a chunk of road to fly through the windshield of a pick-up truck on Monday, May 10, 2021. (Walton County Fire Rescue)WALTON COUNTY, Fla. — Two people were injured Monday morning when a lightning strike caused a piece of road to break and fly through the windshield of a pickup truck in Florida, according to officials with Walton County Fire Rescue. Authorities later determined the incident involved a lightning strike that caused a chunk of road to fly through the truck’s windshield. Authorities said two people who were in the vehicle at the time of the incident were wounded and taken to hospitals for treatment. “Slow down and be on the lookout for storm damage and debris in the roadways.”wftv.com
Teenagers rescued after Kissimmee slingshot ride malfunctions
click image Photo via Facebook/Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMSTwo teenagers were rescued from a malfunctioning ride at Old Town USA in Kissimmee. Osceola Tower 72 and City of Kissimmee Fire Department Tower 11 worked together tonight to perform a successful high... Posted by Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMS on Thursday, March 25, 2021Two teenagers were rescued by Osceola County firefighters early Friday morning after a ride at the Old Town USA amusement park in Kissimmee malfunctioned.The teens were on the park's slingshot ride and the breakdown left them stranded over 30 feet in the air. According to a Facebook post by Osceola County Fire Rescue , a rescue was successfully performed by Osceola and Kissimmee first-responders. Neither of the teens were injured.Park representatives toldthat ride in question was owned by a third-party and that they "are not making any statements" on the matter.Old Town provided a phone number, but no company name, for the ride's owner.did not receive a response from the purported owner prior to publication.The Florida Department of Agriculture has closed all four operational slingshot rides in Florida, pending an investigation.orlandoweekly.com
Man mixing chemicals in garage severely injured during explosion
Osceola County Fire Rescue says a man was injured during a chemical explosion at a home in St. CLOUD, Fla. – A man suffered severe burns when the chemicals he was mixing in a garage exploded Tuesday afternoon, according to Osceola Fire Rescue. Officials said the explosion happened in the Live Oak Lake community in St. Cloud and the victim suffered injuries to his hands, torso and abdomen. The hazmat unit deployed a laser spectrometer to help identify the unknown chemicals but officials haven’t released details on what exactly was in the home.
INTERACTIVE MAP: COVID-19 vaccine sites in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida is increasing its coronavirus vaccine distribution which began in the last week of 2020, as counties add more vaccine sites. In early January, Florida was vaccinating three priority groups: Health care workers, long-term care facility staff and residents and people 65 or older. The health care group includes people who work outside hospitals, including EMTs and paramedics as well as Florida Department of Health staff. Florida was allocated 1.15 million COVID-19 vaccine shots as of Jan. 6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To best track vaccinations, News 6 made an interactive map of all the sites around Central Florida’s 10 county region.
Residents helped out of Merritt Island home after attic fire
A home caught on fire on Banana Drive in Merritt Island. MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – Brevard County Fire Rescue crews quickly contained an attic fire that caused a chimney to collapse early Monday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. Several firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control as smoke billowed from the upper portion of the home. Crews walked through the home and used ventilators to clear out the smoke. A fire inspector was expected to comb through the site to determine the cause of the fire.
Three people injured during house fire in DeLand
DELAND, Fla. – Three people were injured in a house fire that broke out Sunday morning in DeLand, according to the DeLand Fire Department. According to authorities, there were heavy fire conditions throughout most of the home by the time rescue crews arrived at the scene. All of the occupants were able to exit the house, according to firefighters, but a majority of the contents inside the house were destroyed from the fire. Two people from the house were treated for injuries at the scene of the fire, and one other person was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. The American Red Cross is now working to assist four displaces adults, three minors and eight dogs.
PHOTOS: Marion firefighters save woman, dogs from motel blaze
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Marion County Fire Rescue says its firefighters saved a woman who was confined to her bed and two dogs from a raging fire at a motel in Belleview Friday evening. Marion County firefighters rescued two small dogs from a fire at the Vin Mar Motel. (Marion County Fire Rescue)Crews made sure the flames didn’t spread to adjoining rooms and by about 6:40 p.m., the fire was deemed under control. “I could be no prouder of the men and women of Marion County Fire Rescue this evening. Our firefighters did exactly what our citizens expect in carrying out our mission of saving lives and protecting property.
1 girl dead, 2 hospitalized after overdosing in Holly Hill, police say
HOLLY HILL, Fla. – One girl is dead and two others are hospitalized after Holly Hill police say the three teens, ages 15 and 16, were found Tuesday night suffering from signs of an overdose. Authorities investigate after teens overdose at Holly Hill home, police say. The Holly Hill Police Department is working with the State Attorney’s Office and the Department of Children and Families to investigate the incident. Police investigate after teens overdose in Holly Hill. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Holly Hill Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 386-248-9478.
Experimental plane crashes on Melbourne Beach, injuring 1
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – An experimental aircraft crashed Friday morning on Melbourne Beach, officials said. The Sheriff’s Office said the pilot took off from the airport in Valkaria and the engine died before he tried landing on the beach. Emergency responders reported the plane had about 20 gallons of fuel but none of it leaked onto the beach after crashing. Melbourne Beach resident Rick O’Connor took pictures of the upside down plane. “It’s pretty amazing, sent it up to my grandchildren, show them what I found on the beach today,” O’Connor said.
PHOTOS: Ford Mustang crushed by Publix delivery truck in SR 528 crash
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. At least one person is injured following a crash that left a car pinned underneath a Publix delivery truck, according to Orange County Fire Rescue crews. Rescue crews tweeted photos of the crash showing a black Ford Mustang that appeared to be crushed after sliding underneath the semi on westbound State Road 528 in Orange County. The front portion of the vehicle, which was wedged underneath the middle of the truck, between its front and back sets of wheels, appeared to be completely mangled in the photos. pic.twitter.com/gLPZmp9A8o OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) September 3, 2020According to Fire Rescue officials, at least one woman was rushed to a nearby hospital as a trauma alert patient. Fire Rescue officials said all westbound lanes of the Beachline were closed following the crash.
Body found near burning car in rural DeLand neighborhood
DeLAND, Fla. A body was found Tuesday afternoon near a burning vehicle in a rural neighborhood in DeLand, deputies said. The body was discovered around 1:30 p.m. near Bear Paw Lane and Bright Way. According to the Volusia County Sheriffs Office, sheriffs deputies, Air One, DeLand police and multiple units from Volusia County Fire Rescue were called to the scene for a vehicle fire, which ignited the surrounding grass. When the vehicle fire was extinguished, deputies observed the body, officials said. Detectives are working to identify the body and determine the cause of death.
Firefighters from three agencies battle fire in Cocoa home
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. Firefighters from three agencies battled a fire in a Cocoa home early Thursday morning, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. Upon their arrival at the home in the 3600 block of Brophy Boulevard shortly before 2 a.m., firefighters with Brevard County Fire Rescue found a heavily involved fire in the carport and attic that extended into the home, according to the agency. Cocoa and Rockledge fire departments also were at the scene. Check back for updates
MCFR adds 46 to its ranks
Drew Rogers, MCFR training division chief, was given the job to attract the most qualified people to fill the 60 slots. The class orientation for the 58 gathered in late October at the departments Operations and Training Complex with a paramedic protocol class. Others began their single certified EMT and paramedic orientation at MCFR operations building. "I would first like to welcome the graduates of Training Class 519 to the MCFR family. At the end of January, department officials said they have a dozen people attending another orientation class.ocala.com
Elderly couple dies in Polk County house fire
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – An elderly couple died after their home caught on fire Tuesday night, according to Polk County authorities. Fire Rescue officials said the fire started at 11:59 p.m. outside the home on Willis Road in Mulberry and then spread to the brick residence. Fire fighters were unable to enter through the front door so they got inside through the windows. Once inside, first responders were met with extreme heat and zero visibility but were still able to extricate the man and woman who were inside. The couple, identified by deputies as 86-year-old Carl Caldwell and 80-year-old Denise Caldwell, were taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center, where they died.
SR 200 reopens after closure due to gas line break
Sheriff's officials indicated TECO Peoples Gas was sending a crew to fix the problem. A section of State Road 200 was briefly closed in both directions early Tuesday afternoon after Marion County Fire Rescue officials said a gas line break occurred. The break was in the area of Southwest 80th Avenue. A TECO Peoples Gas crew responded and repaired the line. The break occurred when a construction crew that was digging broke a two-inch gas line, MCFR spokesman James Lucas said.ocala.com
Gas line break forces closure of SR 200
Sheriff's officials indicated TECO Peoples Gas was sending a crew to fix the problem. A section of State Road 200 was closed in both directions early Tuesday afternoon after Marion County Fire Rescue officials said a gas line break occurred. The break was in the area of Southwest 80th Avenue. As of 2:30 p.m., a TECO Peoples Gas crew was on the scene. The break occurred when a construction crew that was digging broke a two-inch gas line, MCFR spokesman James Lucas said.ocala.com
Child, 3 adults injured in ATV crash in Brevard
A child is injured in an ATV crash in Brevard County, officials say. SCOTTSMOOR, Fla. - Four people, including a child, were injured Monday in an ATV crash in Brevard County, officials said. The crash was reported on Dixie Avenue at Wheeler Road near Scottsmoor. Brevard County Fire Rescue tweeted that the child was a trauma alert patient. The three adults were not critically injured, officials said.
Gator bites woman who accidentally stepped on it at Florida refuge
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Authorities say an alligator bit a 31-year-old woman on the leg as she was working at a Florida wildlife refuge. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials tweeted that the incident happened Thursday morning at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Refuge west of Boynton Beach. Florida Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Tammy Sapp tells the Palm Beach Post that Kelsey Pollack accidentally stepped on the gator while doing contract work at the refuge. The wildlife refuge is a 147,000-acre area that includes the most northern reaches of the Everglades. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.