VIDEO: Four people, including three firefighters, were injured late Sunday when a fire truck and a pickup truck collided in Brevard County, officials said.
The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 1 at Burkholm Road in Mims.
The crash victims included three people in the fire truck and one person in the pickup. At least one victim was airlifted from the scene, but no other details about the victims’ injuries have been released.
The cause of the wreck is under investigation.
U.S. 1 was closed in the area, but the roadway was reopened Monday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
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VIDEO: Palm Bay High School’s new firefighting academy is serious business — and not just because, as instructor Chester Bombriant quipped, “everything in that classroom could hurt you.” It’s also a college-level course, and it’s the first of its kind in Brevard County.
About 100 students are in the program. On Friday, some of them saw their new classroom for the first time along with school administrators, local firefighters and reporters.
The program will give students a head start at a well-paying career, and could help address a local shortage of firefighters, officials said. The course is designed to prepare students for the fire fighting program at Eastern Florida State, and eventually their state certifications. “They're going to be doing for the first two or three years here before they get over there,” Bombriant said.
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Three lightning strikes sparked a fire at a townhouse building in North Lauderdale, causing extensive roof damage and leaving at least eight people displaced, city officials said.
North Lauderdale and Tamarac Fire Rescue units have responded to the scene of the blaze at the two-story building, Sunday afternoon.
7News has learned three bolts of lightning hit the townhouse at around 2:45 p.m., causing the roof to cave in.
“Lightning strikes started the fire. According to the some of the deputies, there were three lightning strikes that hit the house almost at the same time,” said North Lauderdale City Manager Mike Sargis.
Homeowner Donna McCully said her life has been turned upside down.
“I feel like my entire life has been destroyed right now,” she said.
WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami
VIDEO: For firefighters, saving lives is part of the job, but one Tampa Bay area firefighter went above and beyond, giving a Tampa NICU nurse a second chance at life.
Lt. Derek Foss just returned back to work at Southern Manatee Fire Rescue after eight weeks out, recovering from surgery. He went under the knife, donating a kidney to Tampa mom and nurse Brianne Baker.
When Baker was 15 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, but there was only a 3% chance she would ever need a transplant. In 2018, pregnancy complications took a big toll on her kidneys, bringing her into stage four renal failure. Two years later, she told 8 On Your Side a case of COVID-19 made things even worse. “My husband and my son and I all contracted COVID-19 and within four months, I was in and stage five renal failure,” said Baker.
WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa
Firefighters in Opa-Locka put out a fire that broke out in the kitchen of a home and came to the rescue of two pets.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze at the single-family residence along the 1100 block of Ahmad Street, just after 6:15 p.m., Friday.
“Fire people responded appropriately. They responded on protocol,” said homeowner Shane Rhodes, “like, they did everything. They came in with the hose, they made sure everybody was out, they made sure anybody wasn’t in there, any animals.”
Rhodes said she told crews her two cats were still inside the home. Firefighters went inside to search and found both felines under a bed.
“They got the animals out. They made sure my daughter was OK,” said Rhodes. Crews brought out Rhodes’ cats and gave them oxygen. They were able to revive the animals.
WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami
VIDEO: Miami Dade Fire Rescue units responding to a Saturday evening fire.
Cell phone video from drivers captured the bright orange flames, shooting from an apartment along the 13- thousand block of SW 17th Lane in Southwest Miami Dade.
Tom Lima who owns the upstairs unit that suffered smoke damage from the fire, says the fire started in the unit below then sent flames shooting upward.
“I remember coming as a kid here and this used to actually be my grandparents old apartment,” said Lima.
Miami Dade Fire rescue tells Local 10 no one was injured in this fire, and neighboring units did not have to be evacuated.
“It’s sad it’s something that I remember having memories with my family and now it’s burnt to a barbecue,” added Lima.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami