A brush fire in Brevard destroys 4 homes, damages several others

COCOA, Florida. – A bushfire that broke out Friday in Brevard County, forcing evacuations and damaging homes, is now 100% contained, officials said.

The fire burned in Sharpes near Cocoa and burned nine homes, four of which were destroyed, according to firefighters.

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Officials initially said five houses were destroyed, but later clarified that one had already been destroyed in another fire.

Sky 6 video shows flames burning in a backyard and a large plume of smoke blowing over a neighborhood.

“I was just scared,” said Sheila Clemmons, who lost her home.

A brush fire broke out in Brevard County on Friday, forcing evacuations, officials said.

Don Walker, spokesman for Brevard Emergency Management, said 50 homes were evacuated in a four-block area.

Walker said homes in the area were mobile homes, with a lot of wood involved.

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“Someone said, ‘Hey, your roof is on fire,’ and the tree caught fire. So I pulled out everything I could,” John Fanton said after losing his home.

The fire was burning in Sharpes near Cocoa and affected 10 homes, five of 10 of which were destroyed, according to firefighters.

A firefighter was taken to hospital for heatstroke.

The Red Cross says it has a team to help residents who may be displaced by the fire.

Crews said all pets affected by the evacuations have been reunited with their owners.

Sky 6 above a structure fire as part of a Cocoa bushfire. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.)

Brevard County was placed in the “high” category for fire danger on Friday, according to the FFS. “High” is third on a scale of 1 to 5, with “low” being #1 and “extreme” being #5.

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