Fire destroys dozer, firefighter escapes injury

Fire destroys dozer, firefighter escapes injury

A firefighter escaped serious injury when flames scorched a bulldozer working to contain a brush fire in Okeechobee County Sunday, according to the Florida Forest Service.

The fire began in northwest Okeechobee County near NW 144 Ave. and NW 286 St. and eventually spread to 450 acres.

The fire quickly consumed dry brush and grass and threatened several homes, a Florida Forest Service spokesperson said.

The quick-moving fire overran and destroyed the bulldozer but a Forest Service firefighter escaped injury thanks to Okeechobee County Fire Rescue which was also helping put out the fire, the Florida Forest Service said.

The fire was 80% contained by midday Monday.

Although several small outbuildings were destroyed and the community's electrical infrastructure was damaged, no homes were destroyed, the Florida Forest Service said.

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