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: