ARC reports more home fires as more people are staying home

WEST PALM BEACH — On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic. The virus has caused a chain of event cancellations, school and beach closures, and additional safety measures put in place to prevent the virus from spreading. During this evolving situation, the American Red Cross has […]

Old lodge in Lakeport burns

LAKEPORT — Firefighter Ron Johnson of the Lakeport Volunteer Fire Department is sillhouetted against the blaze that heavily damaged the old Calusa Lodge at 3178 County Road 721 in the 33471 ZIP code. The lodge itself has been closed for many years. No injuries have been reported, and no other information was available at press […]

Prescribed burn of 35,000 acres planned near Lake O

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — In an effort to manage vegetation within the seasonally dry portions of Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers, will conduct prescribed burns in the west-southwest areas of the lake. On March 3 through March […]

Red Cross responds to a home fire in South Bay

SOUTH BAY — In the early morning hours on Feb. 14, local American Red Cross volunteers from the Palm Beach and Martin Counties Chapter responded to a home fire on Coconut Court in South Bay. Local Red Cross volunteers on a Disaster Action Team were on scene to help coordinate emergency aid to those affected. […]

American Red Cross responds to home fire in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — On the night of Tuesday, Feb. 18, local American Red Cross volunteers from Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter responded to a home fire on Northeast 10th Lane in Okeechobee. Red Cross volunteers of the Disaster Action Team were on scene to help coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials say ten people […]

Fire captain proposes plan to save city fire department

OKEECHOBEE – A plan was proposed at the Okeechobee City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21 to save the city fire department. Captain Lalo Rodriguez, with the city fire department, introduced his plan as an alternative to what the council has been discussing which they have been calling a merger of the city and county fire […]

County considers cost of city fire protection

OKEECHOBEE — At their Jan. 8 meeting, Okeechobee County commissioners reviewed the potential cost of adding personnel if the county provides fire protection with the city limits. Last year, the Okeechobee City Council approached the county about the possibility of the county taking over fire protection in the city limits. The county already provides EMT […]

Red Cross responds to home fire

OKEECHOBEE — On Friday, Dec. 20, Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a home fire on Northwest 192nd Avenue in Okeechobee. Local Red Cross provided comfort kits and individual client assistance to the individuals affected to meet their immediate needs such as food, clothing and temporary lodging. On average, […]

PBCFR responds to apartment building fire

BELLE GLADE — A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue press release stated at approximately 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, crews responded to the 300 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Belle Glade for reports of a fire. First arriving firefighters reported smoke from a second floor apartment and entered to locate […]

The Red Cross responds to a home fire in Pahokee

PAHOKEE — The Palm Beach and Martin Counties of the American Red Cross responded to a home fire on Boone Ave in Pahokee in the early morning hours of Dec. 13. Local Red Cross volunteers on a Disaster Action Team were on site to help coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials say six […]