Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Two-alarm fire at metal and recycling plant sends large plume of smoke over Sarasota
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:33:38 -0800
If you were driving in Sarasota on Monday, you may have seen a large plume of smoke coming from the University and 301 area. A two-alarm fire started at Suncoast Metals on 51st Street, a metal and recycling plant. The fire started in a pile of rubble and was caused by friction. Fire officials say as the items in the pile rubbed against one another while being pushed and pulled, it got hot enough to start a blaze.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 1:33:38 PM - SOURCE: WWSB-TV ABC 7 My SunCoast.com
Jacksonville Fire Rescue: Car strikes light pole, driver rushed to hospital
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:24:13 -0800
Firefighters with the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department rushed to help a driver who was trapped in a car after it struck a light pole Monday night. The crash happened on Gate Parkway near the intersection of Southside Boulevard just before 8:30 p.m. Fire rescue crews had to remove the car's roof to get the driver out.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 9:24:13 PM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Media Investigation: Tampa father dies after ambulance breaks down; took nearly one hour to get to hospital
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
A local father died after his ambulance broke down and it took nearly an hour to get him to the hospital. The ABC Action News I-Team uncovered that this failure is part of a record of repair problems and an even bigger problem putting the public at risk. When Richard Bateman, a 50-year-old father who traveled the world playing with heavy metal bands, collapsed in his living room on Septemeber 5, his wife Amy called 911.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC Action News
Several injured in crash involving Lynx bus on Orange Blossom Trail, officials say
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:32:13 -0800
Several people were injured in a multivehicle crash involving a Lynx bus on Orange Blossom Trail near Central Florida Parkway Monday night, officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue officials were reporting there were six patients, but one person refused treatment. The victims were taken to an area hospital, firefighters said.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 5:32:13 PM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
Popular Cedar Key restaurant 'Steamers' caught on fire
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:59:15 -0800
Flames broke out at a popular restaurant in Cedar Key from a lit cigarette bud that had been smoldering for hours. Cedar Key Fire Rescue responded to the fire at Steamers restaurant after the fire alarms went off a little after 9:00 pm but, found employees from Duncan's restaurant next door had already extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 3:59:15 PM - SOURCE: WGFL
Fire erupts for second time this week at warehouse in Hialeah
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 06:24:54 -0800
A fire erupted Friday morning at a warehouse in Hialeah. Sky 10 was above the scene at 7800 W. 25th Ave. as firefighters used a ladder truck to douse the flames.The fire has been burning since about 6 a.m. Hialeah Fire Rescue officials said this is the second time this week a fire has sparked inside Garland Supply Company -- a dry cleaning supply warehouse.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 6:24:54 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Florida AMR stations serve as Official Safe Havens for newborns
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
American Medical Response reminded the public that its stations are Official Safe Havens for newborns. The agency commemorated National Adoption Month by issuing a statement regarding their partnership with the nonprofit organization, A Safe Haven for Newborns. Unharmed infants seven days old or younger can be received at any AMR ambulance or station throughout the state of Florida, no questions asked.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: EMS1
Conklin, Mirabella elected to Key Largo fire board
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:40:43 -0800
Commissioner George Mirabella beat political newcomer Nick Rodriquez to win a third term in Seat 4 on the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District board, while Frank Conklin upset incumbent Commissioner Kay Cullen for Seat 2. Both Mirabella and Conklin had previously volunteered with the fire department and will be sworn in at the Nov.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 7:40:43 AM - SOURCE: Key West Citizen
Manatee County: Mom and son drift miles out in Gulf of Mexico on giant swan float
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 06:44:22 -0800
Tara Myers says it's one of the biggest lessons she's ever learned. She never thought something like this could happen. The native Floridian grew up around water, spending countless hours on the Gulf of Mexico. But, one day seems to stand out, far beyond all the others. October 21st is a day she'll never forget.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 6:44:22 AM - SOURCE: WZVN-TV ABC 7 Naples/Ft. Myers
Orange County Deputies: Mother walks into Animal Kingdom Lodge claiming she was handed abandoned newborn
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 06:42:26 -0800
A woman walked into the Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby early Sunday morning and claimed someone had handed her a newborn baby outside, but the child turned out to be her own, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Around 2 a.m., the woman, later identified as Cassandra Durham, 32, walked into the lobby of the hotel and said an unknown woman had just handed her a newborn baby wrapped in bloody towels, deputies said.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 6:42:26 AM - SOURCE: WDBO-FM News965.com
Cape Coral Fire Station 11 opens
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 04:05:20 -0800
The city of Cape Coral has bolstered its public safety division, as Cape Coral Fire Station 11 opened Wednesday morning on Burnt Store Road North. This is the first new fire station in the city since 2009, and it will help improve response times to the nearly 11,000 residents in the area. "With the growth of the city that we've seen, we've added about 50,000 people during that time (since '09)," said Cape Coral Fire Department Chief, Ryan Lamb.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 4:05:20 AM - SOURCE: Fort Myers Beach Observer
State finds Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department deficiencies
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:53:02 -0800
The state has ordered the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department to develop an employee safety plan to help avoid a repeat of an incident that could have claimed the life of a firefighter in early 2017. The department, and its affiliated Key Largo Ambulance Corps, are contractors for the Key Largo Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 1:53:02 PM - SOURCE: Key West Citizen
Sarasota County garage elevator traps two for about an hour
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:34:44 -0800
A glitchy State Street Garage elevator is back in service after it broke down Tuesday night and trapped two people inside. Sarasota County Firefighters from Station Nos. 1 and 8 responded to the downtown garage located in the 1500 block of State Street at about 7:30 p.m. to find the elevator stuck between the first and second floor.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 2:34:44 PM - SOURCE: Herald Tribune
Man Tells Police He Burned Florida Gators Flag on Car Because He's a Miami Hurricanes Fan
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 06:42:31 -0800
Police arrested a Tallahassee man for allegedly setting fire to a Florida Gators flag attached to a car – telling police he did so because he is a fan of the rival Miami Hurricanes. Iran Walters was booked into the Leon County Jail this weekend and charged with four counts that included second degree arson and possession of marijuana.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 6:42:31 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami
Fire destroys boats in Martin County
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:34:54 -0800
Investigators trying to figure out what sparked a fire that destroyed two boats in Martin County overnight. Neighbors around the Salerno Pines Boat Basin said around 2:30 a-m they heard a loud explosion. Firefighters arrived to find the two boats on fire. No one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 11:34:54 AM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 West Palm Beach
Vero Beach house fire ruled accidental
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 04:05:11 -0800
A Saturday blaze that originated in a garage and spread to a home – where a family of six escaped unharmed – was ruled accidental, fire rescue officials said. The state fire marshal determined the fire was an accident, Indian River County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Kyle Kofke said. The blaze displaced a grandmother, mother and four children.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 4:05:11 AM - SOURCE: Veronews
Miami firefighters mourn loss of one of their own
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 05:04:50 -0800
City of Miami firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own. Miami Department of Fire-Rescue officials confirmed a firefighter died Wednesday morning at Fire Station 14, located at 2151 SW 19th Court. The cause of death is unclear, but Miami police said no foul play is suspected. According to Miami Fire Rescue Capt.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 5:04:50 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Longtime Key Largo firefighter Beal passes away
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 03:53:53 -0800
Longtime firefighter Capt. Dwight “Ike” Beal, who served Monroe County Fire Rescue, the Key Largo Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department and the Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps for more than 30 years, died on Oct. 28 after a six-year battle with stomach cancer. He was of 73. Beal was heavily involved in the Upper Keys community as a firefighter and retired from Monroe County Fire Rescue as battalion chief in 2011.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:53:53 AM - SOURCE: Key West Citizen
‘John Doe’ flown to burn center after Bonifay house fire
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 12:40:37 -0800
A man known only as John Doe has been flown to a burn center in Georgia after a Saturday night fire that destroyed the mobile home where he was staying. The man had serious burns on his body as well as in his airway, according to Asst. Fire Chief Travis Cook with Bonifay Fire Rescue. A second man living in the mobile home survived without injury.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 12:40:37 PM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News
Air Force Staff Sgt. Davy Brinkmann to be honored at the Pentagon
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:47:02 -0800
Staff Sgt. Davy Brinkmann, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Missions Aviator, has been selected as one of only 16 Reserve Citizen Airmen to be honored at the Pentagon through the Air Force Reserve’s competitive “Profiles in Leadership” display. The display celebrates and honors Reserve Airmen and civilians for their contributions in serving the nation.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 1:47:02 PM - SOURCE: Rockledge, Florida

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