Merritt Island Home Destroyed In Fire

(Brevard County, FL)- Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) crews are on scene of a fully involved structure fire in Merritt Island.  The fire was reported this morning at 6:12 a.m. at an abandoned structure north of the intersection of North Courtenay Parkway and West Merritt Island Causeway. 

Fire crews arrived to find a two-story abandoned residential structure completely consumed by fire and threatening multiple exposures.  The abandoned home is part of a complex of buildings on the site.  The fire extended to a single-story building to the west of the home which is also abandoned was once used as a church facility.  The buildings are surrounded by trees, some of which have also caught fire but do not pose any additional threats.  This complex has been used in the past for fire department training and crews are familiar with the construction and layout of the buildings involved.

Firefighters are using multiple hose lines on the ground as well as an elevated water stream from a ladder truck to knock down the main body of fire and prevent further spread to exposures.  This is considered a “defensive” fire attack, utilized to prevent further damage and minimize potential risks to firefighters working on the scene.

Multiple apparatus and personnel are on scene from both BCFR and the City of Cape Canaveral Fire Department. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. Fire Prevention Bureau and State Fire Marshall investigators are en route to the scene.  No injuries have been reported. 

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