Okeechobee Fire Report

Posted 9/18/20

The Okeechobee Fire Report for week of Sept. 14

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Okeechobee Fire Report


• Okeechobee City Fire Department responded to 21 medical/EMS, one fire-related, four motor-vehicle accidents, three public assistance and one false alarm last week.

• Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to 117 medical/EMS, five fire-related, one aircraft stand-by, eight motor-vehicle accidents, three dispatch and cancel and five miscellaneous calls last week. Of 87 possible transports, nine were refused.

• On Sept. 13, OCFR responded to a call pertaining to a structure fire in the 4300 block of Southeast 22nd Court at approximately 9 a.m. Upon arrival, they found no smoke or flames, but deputies on scene said they saw smoke coming from under the back porch. Deputy Collier reportedly shut off power to the residence and the smoke stopped. Upon investigation, they found several extension cords under the porch. They used a water can to cool the area and turned the power back on, but the smoke immediately reappeared. They advised the resident to call the landlord to have an electrician check the wiring and not to turn the power back on until it was checked.

• On Sept. 12, OCFR responded to a call regarding someone who was suffering from shortness of breath in the 2500 block of Northeast 60th Court at approximately 12:15 a.m. When they arrived, the person was unable to come to the door due to his condition. A small smoldering fire was discovered in the dining room area, and crews forced entry into the home. The person was found inside his bedroom partially out of his wheelchair and unable to get up. He was transported to Raulerson Hospital. The fire was found to be a located in a small trash can near the dining room table.