Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to 138 calls last week. Here are some of the highlights.
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Okeechobee Fire Report
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OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to 138 calls last week. Here are some of the highlights.
Of the 138 calls, one involved a smoke scare, one alarm system, one mischief, 18 auto accidents, five outdoor fires, two building fires, three invalid assists, eight cancelled calls, one public service assist, one aircraft standby and three miscellaneous. The remainder were EMS calls. Of 108 EMS calls, 83 were transported to the hospital via OCFR.
On Feb. 8 at approximately 10 p.m., OCFR was dispatched to the 17300 block of Northwest 240th Street regarding a building fire. Dispatch informed them the fire was in the outdoor electrical box. When they arrived, the occupant told them there were flames in the attic. A deputy was already spraying water on the soffit. The fire was extinguished and the site cleared and the fire marshal was notified.
On Feb. 8 at approximately 5:45 p.m., OCFR responded to Northwest 320th Street regarding a forest fire. When they arrived, the fire was determined to have burned approximately 10 acres and was actively burning five more. The Department of Forestry was on the scene and plowed a line around the remaining fire.
On Feb. 11 at approximately 11 a.m., OCFR was dispatched to the 3500 block of Northwest First Street regarding a building fire. When they arrived, they found a 30'x10’ shed on a vacant lot engulfed in flames. The Department of Forestry responded as well. The fire was determined to be unintentionally caused by a discarded cigarette. Estimated loss was $2,000.