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Cape fire/emergency crews have busy afternoon

By Staff | May 29, 2011

The Cape Coral Fire Dept responded to multiple calls for service Saturday afternoon, May 28, in a compressed time period beginning after 3 p.m. when Truck Company 1 was dispatched to a call reporting propane gas gushing from an underground tank at a residence located at 363 S.E. 33rd Terrace. The gas was reported to be gushing from a leaking underground tank.
According to a report from the Cape Coral Fire Department, crews set up a “hot zone” in which a hose spray pattern was established in order to direct the leaking gas away from potential ignition sources. Crews assisted Southern Gas in securing the hazard. The power was disconnected from the house by LCEC until the leak was stopped.
The report states that crews from Truck 1 and Haz Mat 8 handled the scene while Cape police assisted in securing the neighborhood.
At 3:50 p.m., Engine 5 and Engine 2 were dispatched to a kitchen fire in a restaurant at 1202 N.E. Pine Island Road. A worker at the restaurant was transported for burns from attempting to extinguish the fire.
Damage was contained to the area of fire origin. During that time Rescue 5 was dispatched to a report of a heart attack call.
Rescue 1 was dispatched to a car crash involving a motorcycle at Coronado Parkway and Cape Coral Parkway.
After 5:05 p.m., Rescue 10 sighted a smoke column northwest of its location as it was returning to the station off of Gator Circle. It was suspected that lightning started the blaze, which was fought by Cape Coral fire units and the Division of Forestry. The fire developed into a large blaze as several weather systems converged on the area north of Alligator Slough and west of Andalusia Boulevard.
The report states that lightning and high wind caused spot-over fires which ultimately caused the fire to grow to over 130 acres by the time fire department crews and Division of Forestry tractors were finally able to contain the fire after 9 p.m.
Fire crews continued to check on the area through the night and were expected to continue is checks today.

— Source: Cape Coral Fire Rescue and Emergency Management Services