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Swift Action by Haines City Fire Department Averts Disaster in Jefferson Road Blaze

By Ciara Perez, News Reporter | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC)

Publish Date: May 24th, 2024

HAINES CITY, FL – A potentially disastrous fire was swiftly contained by the Haines City Fire Department (HCFD) on Wednesday afternoon, preventing widespread damage and ensuring no injuries. The incident occurred at a residential building at 200 Jefferson Rd., where heavy smoke and flames greeted the first responders.

The fire was reported at approximately 1:55 PM in Unit B of a single-story, four-unit residential structure. Witnesses quickly confirmed that all occupants had safely evacuated before the arrival of the fire services. The HCFD, supported by Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR), launched a coordinated attack on the flames. HC Engine 2 initiated the response with an exterior attack to suppress the fire, followed closely by HC Engine 1, which conducted an interior offensive to fully extinguish the blaze.

Further assistance came from PCFR Medic Rescue 30 and HC Tower 1, which performed thorough searches of adjacent units to ensure no individuals were trapped or endangered. Despite the fire venting through the roof and being visible from the front door and windows, the teams managed to bring the situation under control within a mere 15 minutes.

The fire department’s presence continued on the scene until 4:55 PM, meticulously searching for and eliminating any remaining hot spots to prevent re-ignition. The swift action of the fire teams ensured that there were no casualties among the residents or the firefighting personnel.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire, which remains undetermined at this time. Meanwhile, the American Red Cross has been mobilized to assist residents displaced by the fire, providing necessary support for food and clothing as arranged by the property manager.

Haines City Fire Chief Drew Neubrand expressed his pride in the performance of his team and their collaborators from Polk County. "I couldn't be prouder of our team," said Chief Neubrand. "Their quick response and teamwork made all the difference today. Our firefighters, along with the support from Polk County Fire Rescue, worked tirelessly to contain the fire and ensure everyone's safety. It's moments like these that remind us of the incredible dedication and bravery of our firefighters."

The HCFD extends heartfelt thanks to Polk County Fire Rescue and all other agencies that assisted during the emergency, underscoring the importance of collaboration and quick response in protecting the community and saving lives. The investigation into the fire continues, with further updates expected as they become available.



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