Bartow, Fla. (May 16, 2019) — On Wednesday evening, a Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) Battalion Chief was first on scene and pulled two residents from their burning home at 1163 Motorcoach Drive in Polk City.
Just prior to 5:00 p.m., PCFR Battalion Chief, Brian Golden, was traveling west on State Road 33 when he noticed smoke and flames emulating from the roof of the residence. He immediately entered the neighborhood. Upon arrival on scene, Golden found a home involved with smoke and flames showing and two adults attempting to exit the structure.
He exited the vehicle and proceed to evacuate the two individuals to safety before heading back to check the neighboring homes. At this time, 4:59 p.m., he contacted dispatch and alerted them to the ongoing structure fire. Approaching the neighboring home to the east, Golden found a resident and instructed him to immediately exit the home. He then proceeded to escorted this individual to the safety area, as this home was now also showing flames.
At 5:01 p.m. PCFR units were dispatched to the scene. The battalion chief then began inquiring about possible residents being located in the neighboring home to the west of the structure of origin. He was informed that it was unoccupied at the current time, and that the residents were out of town.
Upon arrival at 5:09 p.m., PCFR Squad 7 immediately began to place water on the fire. They were quickly followed by PCFR Engine 39. At 5:13 p.m., the fire was upgraded to a two alarm fire and additional units from PCFR and the Auburndale Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.
A total of 21 fire rescue units were dispatched to the scene throughout the duration of the fire. While, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers aided with scene security.
Dispatch was notified that the fire in all three structures was under control at 6:23 p.m. All three structures were a total loss with a fourth structure receiving minor damage due to the heat that was admitted by the blaze.
No residents were injured during the ordeal and the Auburndale Fire Department successfully pulled a family pet from the residence to the east. The Red Cross was notified that all three individuals would need assistance.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined.