Brevard County Fire Rescue Battles Fire in Mims
By Space Coast Daily // July 23, 2013
MEMBERS OF MIMS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUSA FIRE DEPARTMENT ASSISTED
BREVARD COUNTY, MIMS, FLORIDA — According to Brevard Fire Rescue, a residential fire at 5100 block of Blounts Ridge Mims, with flames through the roof was contained shortly before midnight.
According to Brevard County Fire Rescue, the flames were in defensive fire conditions shortly after 11 p.m. Around 11:55, Brevard County Fire Rescue reported that the flames were “knocked down.”
UPDATE: According to Brevard County Fire Rescue Lieutenant Don Slayman, The incident took more than 25 firefighters approximately 30 minutes to knock down the majority of the flames, and several hours to extinguish the hotspots.
Fortunately, all occupants of the home were safely outside, which allowed Brevard County firefighters to quickly deploy a defensive attack, meaning they knocked down the flames from outside the structure.
Once the bulk of the flames were extinguished from the outside, crews were able to safely make entry and put out the rest of the fire. Extensive overhaul work was needed as the fire was in the attic space. This called for the need to pull down the ceiling to expose any hidden fire, and ensure there would be no rekindles.
Although much of the home was destroyed, firefighters took special precautions to minimize damage to the owners’ memorables. Firefighters placed some of the salvageable contents under tarps, protecting them from further damage.
Members of the Mims Volunteer Fire Department and Four Communities Fire Department were also on scene to assist.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A BCFR fire inspector, along with a representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene to investigate the cause.