Deja Vu: Blaze Torches Home Next Door To Earlier Fire
By Space Coast Daily // June 21, 2012
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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Another rapidly moving mobile home fire had Brevard County Fire Rescue crews responding to 6964 Aster Drive in Cocoa this afternoon where a nearby mobile home was destroyed by a fire this morning.
Lt. Jeff Taylor of Brevard County Fire Rescue said a call was dispatched at 1:36 p.m. and when crews neared the fire they reported a visible smoke column from at least a mile from the scene.
On arrival, units reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the double-wide mobile home. Officials reported that the home was at least 75 percent involved in fire.
The home’s lone occupant was outside when firefighters arrived and reported no one was inside the structure.
Crews positioned handlines to prepare for a defensive fire attack and were able to extinguish the main body of fire within 25 minutes of arrival.
The occupant of the home, a 31-year-old man, told officials that he was working on a car in his driveway and had gone next door to talk to a group of people looking for the victims of the previous fire.
During the course of the conversation he stated that he heard popping and turned around to see his house on fire. He attempted to return to the home and enter but was forced out by heat and smoke. He immediately dialed 911.
This morning a fire destroyed a home next door at 6970 Aster Drive, leaving three adults and two children homeless.
Fire investigators do not believe the two fires are related. They blame an electrical malfunction as the cause of this morning’s fire but have not completed an investigation into the cause of this fire. Neither home had working smoke alarms.
No injuries were reported at the scene. Crews from the Cocoa Fire Department assisted.