Couple Escapes Fire in Florida RV Park

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February 2, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

A couple escaped injury when their travel trailer was destroyed in a fire today (Feb. 2) at Carver Trailer Park in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Canaveral Fire Rescue Assistant Chief John Cunningham said the 35-foot-long fifth-wheel vehicle valued at $70,000 to $80,000 was destroyed in minutes after the fire broke out at 3:50 a.m., Florida Today reported. He said the alert from a smoke alarm in the unit probably saved the couple who lived there, enabling them to get out before flames engulfed their unit.

“If they didn’t have a smoke detector, they wouldn’t have gotten out of there in time,” Cunningham said.

Firefighters got to the scene quickly, since the closest fire station is about two blocks away. But the fire spread so quickly, there was little they could do, other than keep the flames from spreading to other units at the trailer park, located off the 7600 block of North Atlantic Avenue.

Three nearby units sustained minor damage because of the heat of the fire, Cunningham said.

Cunningham said the fire may have been electrical in nature, stemming from a computer printer in the trailer.

About 35 firefighters from Canaveral Fire Rescue, Brevard County Fire-Rescue and the Cocoa Beach Fire Department responded to the blaze.

Cunningham said the American Red Cross is finding temporary housing for the couple.

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