Information Release from Cocoa Beach Fire Department
Cocoa Beach Fire Department units responded to the report of a structure fire at 333 S. Atlantic Ave. at approximately 8:37pm March 15, 2016. Units witnessed heavy fire conditions prior to arrival and initiated Auto-aid response with Cape Canaveral Fire Department followed by Mutual Aid response from Brevard County Fire Rescue and Patrick Air Force Base Fire Department.. Upon arrival Cocoa Beach Fire Department Command advised address was what was known as the Pumpkin Center and due to being fully involved would initiate a defensive attack to protect exposures and contain the fire utilizing large hand lines and elevated master streams.
A total of 6 Engines, 2 Ladder/Tower Trucks, 2 Rescues, 7 Chief Officers, and 1 Air Truck were utilized in the extinguishment of the fire. Command was able to give a “Fire Out” at approximately 1:00am with the continuation of “Mop Up” and checking for hot spots throughout the night. During the operation North bound A-1-A was re-routed from 4th St. South to Brevard Ave. due to fire operations between 3rd and 4th St on North bound A-1-A . At this time the road continues to remain closed due to continued fire operations with the numerous hotspots that are still active and will remain closed until the scene is deemed safe.
The State Fire Marshall is on scene and is working with Cocoa Beach Fire Department Fire Marshall Mark Amaral on the investigation. There is no time frame as to how long the investigation will take, but crews are working to get the scene safe for investigators to begin their task and to get North bound A-1-A open.