Small fire extinguished at SpaceX building in Port Canaveral
Brevard County firefighters responded to a fire located at the recently leased SpaceX building at Magellan Road and Grouper Road next to Port Canaveral. The fire was reported by a passer-by at 4:45 p.m. EDT (20:45 GMT) on July 16, 2017.
Several minutes later, numerous fire units responded to the location along with support ambulances and Brevard County sheriff deputies. The building was found to have a rooftop fire, which was easily accessed by a ladder truck and was extinguished, according to Florida Today, by 8 p.m. EDT (00:00 GMT July 17).
Brevard County Fire Rescue found the structure to be unoccupied at the time of arrival, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Tod Goodyear confirmed no evacuation was required. The only injury reported was a firefighter that suffered from a heat stress related injury and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.
Captain Brian Dennison of the Cape Canaveral Fire Department told SpaceFlight Insider that the fire occurred where contractors were doing some refurbishment to the building. SpaceX has been leasing the building since March 2017.
“SpaceX’s contractors were doing the work, and that would have been either Thursday or Friday this past week,” Dennison said. “At this point, we’re still unsure of a cause and an origin of the fire, but it was in the area of where they were doing work on the roof.”
The building will remain under the control of the Cape Canaveral Fire Department until the Florida State Fire Marshal arrives on the scene to begin its investigation. Dennison said SpaceX personnel are also on site and prepared to begin any water damage mitigation that might be required.
SpaceX’s John Taylor tweeted out gratitude for the quick response by Brevard County Fire Rescue and Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue. He said there was no damage to any SpaceX equipment or hardware.
Jerome Strach has worked within the Silicon Valley community for 20 years including software entertainment and film. Along with experience in software engineering, quality assurance, and middle management, he has long been a fan of aerospace and entities within that industry. A voracious reader, a model builder, and student of photography and flight training, most of his spare time can be found focused on launch events and technology advancements including custom mobile app development. Best memory as a child is building and flying Estes rockets with my father. @Romn8tr