Debary, Florida Storage Unit Fire

(Central Florida Fire, YouTube)

Security gate and ammunition complicated firefighting efforts

Central Florida Fire – On Saturday June 20th, 2020 around the time of 21:25 the Volusia County Fire Rescue, Orange City Fire Department, Deltona Fire Department, Volusia County Emergency Medical Services, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Orange City Police Department responded to the area of 51 Spring Vista Drive in DeBary for a single caller, passerby reporting smoke and flames from a storage unit.

Upon the arrival of DFR Battalion 61 the unit transmitted heavy smoke and flames through the roof but were unable to make access due to a security gate. After multiple different trys of multiple gate codes Engine 68 and other units found it in their best interest to use their K-12 saw and remove the gate.

After removing the gate Engine 68, 67 and 32 gunshots were heard and projectiles flew through the air, which was later determined to be due to the fire. Because of the circumstances units began an exterior fire attack. Once the rounds off ammunition stopped firing, crews slowly transitioned to an interior attack and were able to make access into the storage units and requested additional crews due to the size as well as for manpower. Crews began to cut open storage units and slowly extinguish the fire.

Upon the arrival of OCFD Battalion 67 “Storage Command” was established and held by BC67. Deltona FD Squad 65 was removed from a hazmat call in Station 33’s first due and reassigned to the structure fire along with Tower 65 and Battalion 61. Squad Engine 35 was added in place of OCFD Engine 233. Crews worked tirelessly for hours to put out the fire and went through extensive overhaul. No injuries reported, cause of fire under investigation. In total 35 storage units damaged, units returned after 6 hours on scene.

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