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Apartment Complex Fire Displaces Several Families, Firefighter Injured

BROOKSVILLE – Several families were forced out of their homes this evening, after fire broke out inside a second floor apartment at Candleglow Apartments on Candlelight Blvd.

According to Brooksville Fire Chief David Freda, firefighters attempted to enter the second floor apartment but the flames and smoke were too intense. Firefighters began battling the blaze defensively until the flames were completely extinguished.

Two people were rescued with a ladder truck from an adjacent apartment but they were not injured.

Freda says one firefighter did sustain minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The firefighter is listed in stable condition but will stay the night for observation.

Three cats were also rescued during the fire, and oxygen was administered to help them recover from exposure to smoke.

Freda says at least 8 apartments were damaged; 4 were completely destroyed and 4 have heavy smoke damage.

The State Fire Marshal is en route to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Some families who were displaced by the fire will stay at the shelter opened by the EOC, in advance of Hurricane Matthew. Others have made arrangements with friends or family.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist the families, but officials say their funds have been depleted as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine, and expected damage in the coming days from Hurricane Matthew.

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A bystander provided the following video of fire billowing from the rear of the apartment:

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  • For those who know chief David Freda, you are very away he has seen his fair share of trouble. Just google and scroll. The list goes on and on. Everything is brushed under rug because he is in tight with county commissioner Wayne dukes. Shady politics at its finest.

    Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:58 am
  • Joe…really? For the little bit of tax you, I and the rest of the citizens pay, you’re lucky we have anything. I’d pay more for more. How ’bout you, you cheap ba****d. You don’t like it…get out. I am proud of my city and the employees. I’ll pay more, anyone else? Screw the inept county, let the city annex it all. Over.

    Saturday, 8 October 2016, 1:40 pm
  • It’s more disappointing that I pay property tax in the city but we don’t have a fire department staffed enough to be able to hand one true fire. I have no affiliation to the fire department, but the county had eleven trucks at the scene and the city had there tower truck, the Chiefs suv(not sure how that would fight a fire) and the battalion Cheif truck. I would elect to simply forward my city fire/ems tax to the county. As it stands the city can only handle basic life support, so if I have a have heart attack I would get an emt that would ask me to wait for the county ambulance to show up. The Brooksville fire department provides more of a public risk then it provides public safety.

    Saturday, 8 October 2016, 10:28 am
  • now yu can tell this was written by a very uneducated,unhappy person,sounds like they think it is funny to pretend they are someone they are not…i would believe this is what a middle school age might do..i believe we all no who wrote this dont we …

    Saturday, 8 October 2016, 8:34 am
  • Your right he is an embarrassment always has been and always will be. You want to be chief of a fire dept then be the chief and look presentable and don’t smoke when your not supposed to. Oh btw he shouldn’t be smoking, no firefighter in this state should be using any Tobacco products. Look it up douchebag… u must be one of his minions. The pos you hold so hi and dear to your heart almost got his inexperienced wanna be Capt killed and his inexperienced wanna be firefighter killed. Maybe it’s because he has so much experience. Only experience he has is the right people off.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 11:07 pm
  • OMG, Someone didn’t have time to shave and tuck their shirt in and they’re SMOKING!!!!! ?????

    Call out the executioner. Bring on the guillotine! OFF WITH HIS HEAD!! Send him straight to HELL!!

    God forbid one of the church ladies or Red Hat Society should see a man in such a condition!! What an embarrassment! ?

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:12 pm
  • Hey all those who are b****ing from Brooksville listen up. If it wasn’t for the fact that the Spring Hill fire rescue stupidly joined with the Hernando County units, they wouldn’t have been able to back you up. Do you know why Brooksville wasn’t blended in with Hernando CFD…there is no money there to help defray costs If it was all one County dept then nobody has anything to b**** about. All would be equal.I am pissed that my SH taxes are bolstering the rest of Hernando county already.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 6:57 pm
  • The city is a joke. They had there so called new Capt sent to hospital for smoke inhalation. but he has so much experience n he forgot to tighten his madk. Another firefighter burned up his gear. Andrew has no experience he came from a volunteer dept just like there volunteer chief froto! The people that are sticking up for that clown show of a dept must work there. I’m sure it’s chief froto behind the computer screen. I would love to know what serious violations the firefighters violated that got fired. We all know he is union busting and filling his station with his volunteer minions. I known froto since high school, he was a douchebag then and still is. Have you seen him on scenes. He has his shirt untucked smoking a cigarette and unshaved. Great leader he is.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 1:56 pm
  • I remember when the floor cleaning machine caught fire at the Brooksville Wal-Mart. The lady that worked there put the fire out, and here comes the Brooksville fire department and sprayed water on a fire already out and caused 50k in damage. 10k of water in the backroom. Look it up.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 12:18 pm
    • think you aught to talk to Steve who was manager at that time and get real story,way to go to fabricate lies

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:46 pm
  • I also live apartment was safe and away but i have fantastic video…i was as close as i could get before i felt pain….terrible for the friends i have who lost there home.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 11:16 am
  • This is about the lives that were saved. Animals rescued. Property being salvaged and fire extinguisded. It is nice seeing fire departments working together in a time budget cuts and living within your budget. Being fiscal responsible to the citizens being served. All the bashing should STOP. Thank God no body was seriously injuried. I’ll take deplorable inexperience over experience that is nothing but a bunch of bullies trin to flex something with a hidden agenda. Thank God for the good guys at the Brooksville Fire Dept and the good guys at the Hernando Fire Dept. I pray for the families involved and the firefighter takin to a hospital. To all you left wing liberals…get a life for petes sake.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 10:39 am
  • Nice try but not a winner

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 10:03 am
  • “Me”…. You sound like an insider….. Maybe Stan? Murdick? The CEO herself?
    Hiding behind a screen name. Shame shame.
    Like hiding YOUR political agenda and keeping city council misinformed. True hard FACTS is what you fear, hiding behind a screen and back door deals. IF YOU have nothing to hide, own it and put your name on it. Just saying… Adrianne

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 8:26 am
    • It’s clearly an insider. They know their department is crumbling underneath them and they will do what ever it takes to make them seem useful. Yes they were first on, year they saved 2 people off a balcony but an unexperienced captain almost got three BFD employees hurt or killed. I was standing right outside and truck started blasting the horn and the BFD firefighters started running out of the building while there yellow gear was smoking and one had fire on it. I believe was the captian of BFD was taken into a county ambulance and taken to the hospital. I wonder if that’s One of the unexperienced captains that the Tampa Bay Times article was talk about the other day. I just don’t feel safe in the city when it comes to the fire department. What would of happen if country truck would of been on other calls? I’m paying more taxes then the county and having less service.

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 9:18 am
      • If you don’t feel safe in the City….why don’t you just get out?

        Friday, 7 October 2016, 12:36 pm
      • clearly you are a Hernando fire dept employee trying to discredit a good dept of guys..have heard you are wanting to take over BFD,good luck but as a tax paying citizen of Brooksville it wont happen if i have any say..feel unsafe move..lots of back stabbing from a supposedly brother,thank God im not related or work with yoy..

        Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:35 pm
    • What I think you meant is Murdock…… Keefer.

      Monday, 10 October 2016, 8:08 am
  • I sure do not like seeing what may be firefighters whose salaries we pay and on whom we depend taking potshots at each other like I’m seeing in these comments. It does NOT reflect well on your profession or you as individuals. But thank you for showing us that there are some jerks in the Department. I have been a staunch defender of keeping a Brooksville FD and PD, but you are making me wonder.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:31 am
  • …..And they were the first on scene because they were dispatched first. It was in the city. The point is city residents are paying for both the county and the city. The city only has 14 firefighters (all three shifts including capts and chiefs) mostly rookies now. Not bashing the firefighters or what they do but the trucks could say county on the side, be better trained, and save the city $$$…. Freda isn’t fit to be a firefighter much less a chief.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:07 am
    • wish they made you use real names on here as then we would know who was saying crap,im using mine but not bashing so guess thats the difference,i pay taxes here in Brooksville and proudly stand behind the guys at BFD..wonder if you would have the guts to say to their faces what you say behind a fake name,way to go

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:41 pm
  • Your either BFD employees (I get it your proud to be a firefighter as you should be) or just uninformed. To speak of honor and respect in a department ran by Freda is absurd. Freda is a crook who is firing employees who are just about to get retirements or in the union to hire unquestioning kids (who are probably these guys commenting). How many lawsuits for the city? Families torn apart? If your not one of these new hires and think your head isn’t under the guillotine your blind. And for the uninformed… Read up.

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 6:27 am
    • Have another drink whiskeyface… dont work there at all but know people who are friends of workers there.. The people that were fired allegedly violated policy…serious violations… perhaps you are one who was fired? sour grapes?

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 10:01 am
    • Insubordination. Drunk on shift. Failure to follow orders. How about you read up.

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 9:36 pm
  • Spare me the “one station with three people ” hoopla, every station in this county is one department technically. Let’s take zone 10, 9, 8,7..( I know that one burns) and zone 13 for instance.. paid a decent salary.. to do what.. complain about the calls they run ?!?. The city of Brooksville operates effectively with an Engine and a Tower along with command staff. You dare to insult firefighters who do their job with the highest respect, day in and day out .Maybe people forgot what it is to be a firefighter in this county, dignity, respect and honor. Hard to come by these days huh.. the city runs every call they are dispatched to, well that is unless an engine goes “first due ALS, which entails getting out of a recliner or bed and complaining the entire way and probably insulting the patient at bedside. Spare me the nonsense about Brooksville fire Department or their command staff. They did an exceptional job today as they will in the future. I pray for the victims of this fire as I have suffered the same loss in the past, it is devastating, hopefully the community can pull together for this family and unite, bringing solace and peace to these families

    Friday, 7 October 2016, 1:41 am
    • Well said Hoopla

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 5:59 am
  • Bfd is useless???? Well then tell me this how is it that BFD one truck with 4 men was first on the scene, saved the life of 2 people and the county was no where to be found. So The useless BFD saved the life of 2 people and the county saved 0.. 1 point for the city hernando 0 So go brooksville fire dept!

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:34 pm
    • I agree with you up to the point where you award points. It is not about earning points, rather it is about providing a service to the people. All fire departments are different and unique in there own way, but certainly no fire department is useless and their existence is more than justified, regardless the cost, when they save a life! Thanks for positive comments.

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 6:02 am
  • Hope the fireman recovers.

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:01 pm
  • Bfd did a great job fighting the fire and saving the lives of the victims involved. Although Brooksville only had one truck, if it wasn’t for those 3 men. The fire would have spread even farther more damage would’ve been done and things would have gotten much worse. Kudos bfd. All these talkers have no idea what you guys go through. Heroes are heroes doesn’t matter if you’re labeled hernando county or the city of Brooksville

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 10:30 pm
    • Well said bystander….. perhaps council should ask about this fire…and find out who did what. Everyone is inexperienced on their first job as a firefighter….even those from the County that belittle the BFD folks. But then again, they forgot where they came from because they are all knowing. As a city taxpayer I am so sorry for those displaced, and so glad to hear of the admirable performance by BFD… Perhaps bystander should write their own letter to Council.

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:10 pm
  • Looks like a bad fire. Hope everyone gets the help they need. Prayers for the injured firefighters also.

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 10:30 pm
  • Those brooksville firefighters were the first ones there with a “one truck station” along with a chief and a district chief,how dare you insult firefighters for the city, I’ll take them over someone who rides a rescue their entire career or an over competent captain who will get someone killed. Read what you want in the news, it’s one sided , last time I checked brooksville goes to more fires in the county as first due than the trucks in their own zone, maybe the county should start looking at city services

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 9:17 pm
    • AMEN!! These firefighters worked their tales off risking themselves… I personality saw them …


      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 10:42 pm
    • You’re clearly an idiot. Please show me where BFD goes to more fires in the county then their own county trucks. You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. Brooksville wouldn’t be able to operate a fire scene without the help of the county and thank god someone who spends time on the rescue was there to rush a Brooksville employee to the hospital.

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 10:50 pm
      • No one is an idiot but you (yessir) are incorrect. With 4 people on duty they can go into operation on any fire based on state statutes. But they also rely on mutual aid to support them just as any small fire department does. What you are referring to about “not being able to operate” is a national standard that recommends “x” amount of people on the fire within 8 minutes (which they get with mutual aid). Fire Departments such as Port Richey, New Port Richey, Plant City, Haines City, Zephyrhills, Temple Terrace, are operating virtually the same way by using mutual aid. I will agree with “yessir” regarding the need and importance for the medics on the rescue.

        Friday, 7 October 2016, 6:13 am
    • Well said my friend. Again, that is why it is called mutual aid. It is about helping each other’s departments when they are in need, not about political agendas of certain people who feed the press and council members misinformation.

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:07 pm
  • All these people really need prayers! Please my friend and her husband and their 2 daughters were the apartment it started in and quickly spread to all the other ones …the 2 girls just lost their worlds… And the oldest one turns 10 on Saturday. And if you can imagine how this is for her all her gifts and decorations everything … It’s unbelievable… And I have to say the firefighters worked their butts off and are still there …the apartment complex well they are horrible !!! Great way to be supportive Candleglow!!! Didn’t even say I’m sorry you lost everything….

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 9:10 pm
    • Thoughts and prayers go out to your friends. They are extremely lucky.

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:05 pm
  • Does anyone know when they are letting people back in?

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 9:09 pm
    • They aint ever going back in those..they r totally destroyed

      Friday, 7 October 2016, 11:17 am
  • Chief Freda is the chief of a one truck station. There’s like 3 brooksville employees there and one brooksville truck. Look at how many Hernando county trucks and firefighters it takes to fight a fire in brooksville. Why do I pay taxes for BFD when the county still has to come do all the work. BFD is useless.

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 8:28 pm
    • Another senseless comment posted by some so called “brother” firefighter I am sure… That is why there is mutual aid and there are hundreds of cities nationwide that operate the same way.

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 10:35 pm
    • Whiskeyface you’re not very educated on the BFD they have more than one truck. You’re obviously misinformed on who “did all the work” put the bottle down and educate yourself before you sit behind a computer screen trying to act bad by talking bad about firefighters!! Bfd did a great job tonight as I saw. Pathetic

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:01 pm
      • Correct they have 2 truck, which one is usually always broken down and they don’t have enough employees to staff two trucks at the same time. BFD was first on scene being it was in the CITY but a few short moments later 4 county engines, 2 county ambulances “which one transported a BFD unexperienced firefighter” and 2 county District chiefs arrived on scene to take over. So tell me again who did all the work?

        Friday, 7 October 2016, 8:55 am
        • The “unexperienced” firefighter has almost 4 yrs with the city according to my sources and came from Georgia where he had at least that many years there if not more. County BC’s (super chiefs) did not take over….they assisted with operations and safety while the Chief from BFD was in Command and the city district did accountability.. I listened to the radio traffic….did you? get facts str8

          Friday, 7 October 2016, 9:58 am
          • Sounds like you’re a BFD employee if you know his full history and was able to listen to the radio traffic since it’s impossible to listen to Hernando County radio traffic online.

            Friday, 7 October 2016, 12:30 pm
        • Who did all the work… shut up already jeez. The fire was put out thanks to the work of BOTH departments. Grow up.

          Friday, 7 October 2016, 12:49 pm
        • seems the only way the county can get any one to notice them is to bash a good a Brooksville res and stand behind our dept 100%,think maybe we need to reconsider our options with the hernando co fire dept if all they can do is bash their brothers,grow up,what are yu 10yrs old..I spoke with a friend who lives there and was told who was first in and what a great job was done by them(BFD),so if yu have to toot your own horn guys guess yu aint so great

          Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:11 pm
    • Bfd is useless???? Well then tell me this how is it that BFD one truck with 4 men was first on the scene, saved the life of 2 people and the county was no where to be found. So The useless BFD saved the life of 2 people and the county saved 0.. 1 point for the city hernando 0 So go brooksville fire dept!

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:26 pm
      • yes and thank yu for the wonderful job yu do everyday!!!

        Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:19 pm
    • Chief Freda also only became a Certified Firefighter in 2007so how much experience do you think he has ? He was a volunteer with Hernando Beach and then hired by Brooksville. I say let the county take the department over.

      Saturday, 8 October 2016, 2:55 pm
  • Bet the wished the county would have showed up instead of the rookies from brooksville fd.

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 8:27 pm
    • Jerk remark from a backstabbing “brother” probably

      Thursday, 6 October 2016, 10:34 pm
    • Horrible comment!

      Sunday, 9 October 2016, 11:14 pm
  • That is so so so awful. Thoughts and prayers to all affected by this.

    Thursday, 6 October 2016, 8:25 pm

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