Crews Extinguish Church Fire In Indialantic
By Space Coast Daily // August 29, 2012
Call Comes In at 5:03 A.M.
BREVARD COUNTY • INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA – Firefighters from four departments with the assistance of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Power & Light were able to extinguish a blaze this morning at a church in Indialantic.
Lt. Jeff Taylor of Brevard Brevard County Fire Rescue said crews were alerted by a fire alarm at 5:03 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 2030 N. Highway A1A in Indialantic.
Taylor said the alarm company indicated a general fire alarm and water flow alarm inside the structure.
Brevard Truck 63 was first to arrive on scene at 5:08 a.m. with nothing showing from the exterior of the 19,883-square-foot single story church.
“Upon entering the structure, crews reported a light haze throughout the building,” Taylor said. “A second alarm was struck for additional manpower and apparatus.”
He said firefighters performed a quick search and located a 10-foot by 10-foot fire inside the church.
The fire was quickly knocked down using a fire extinguisher and hose line.
With the fire out, firefighters completed a search of the church and found it to be unoccupied.
“Thermal imaging cameras were used to check for fire extension and hot spots,” Taylor said. “Crews set up a series of ventilation fans to remove smoke from the church and minimize smoke damage.”
The cause of the fire has not been determined and no estimate of damages has been released.
A fire inspector is en route to the scene to begin an investigation and it is unclear at this time when that investigation will be completed.
Taylor said crews from the Melbourne Fire Department, Satellite Beach Fire Department, Indian Harbor Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Power & Light Company assisted at the scene which is still listed as active.