WEST COCOA, Fla. — At least five homes have been damaged, and two people were hurt, after separate fires erupted in Brevard County on Wednesday.
- Fire in Cocoa damages 4 mobile homes; no one hurt
- Currently unclear what started the fire, officials say
- 2nd fire that broke out in West Cocoa injures adult, child
The first fire, which broke out on Lake Drive, torched four mobile homes. At least one was destroyed.
Only one of the mobile homes was occupied.
According to Brevard County Fire Rescue, the four mobile homes were engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes. The fire started in one mobile home at about 1 p.m. and quickly jumped to others.
"If it gets a good head start on us, it doesn't take any more than minutes to get fully involved," Assistant Fire Chief of Operations Scott Gold said.
Rorie Mathews lives in one of the mobile homes consumed by the fire.
"Not even 20 seconds (after) we walked outside, the windows blew out," Mathews said.
She was worried about her pets, which she said her family could not get to before evacuating their home.
"We have reports of a dog but (were) unable to find out if he’s still inside, but the cat got out safely," Gold said.
It took firefighters about 20 minutes to get the Lake Drive fire under control. Right now, it's unclear what started it.
Several hours later, an adult and child were hurt when a fire erupted on the 4000 block of Gatewood Street in West Cocoa.
The adult was being transported as a trauma alert to Orlando for treatment, while the child incurred minor burns, Brevard Fire said.
The blaze destroyed the three-bedroom home and damaged the front of the vehcile in the driveway.
Neighbor Linda Vanriper said her the side of her home sustained light damage but feels lucky that the wind kept the fire away.
"Halfway up trees, shooting up in the air," said Vanriper, describing the fire. "If the wind was blowing this way, I'd have the smoke, and it would have burned my house."
On Tuesday, a fire engulfed a Port Orange mobile home on Greenway Drive in Volusia County, damaging two other nearby mobile homes. The fire displaced two adults, and a dog went missing, the city of Port Orange said. And in Orange County, a couple was displaced from their Quail Pond Street home when a fire broke out after a heater running for two days malfunctioned.
Spectrum News 13's Jonathan Shaban contributed to this story.