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.
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.
“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.
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.
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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