On the morning of December 13th, 2019, a fire broke out in Downtown Auburndale at the location of the new Crave & Copper restaurant. The fire originated from an electrical arc in the kitchen of the restaurant and threatened the entirety of the historic building at 117 East Lake Avenue. However, thanks to a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper who was traveling through the area, the 95-year-old building and the surrounding area was saved from the potential destruction of the fire.

At 2:07 a.m. that morning, Trooper Michael Davis was dispatched to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Lundy Road and SR-559. The accident involved a single car that collided with a guardrail and came to a rest in an adjacent retention pond. After the scene was cleared at 3:27 a.m., Trooper Davis gave the citizen involved transportation to their residence as they were unable to contact anyone at home.

While taking the resident home, Trooper Davis drove through downtown Auburndale where he noticed smoke and the smell of a nearby fire. Trooper Davis immediately called dispatch to make contact with the Auburndale Fire Department to inquire if they were working any fires in the downtown area. Dispatch advised the fire department was not actively involved with any fires, but at 3:41 a.m. responded and discovered the fire at 117 East Lake Avenue.

Trooper Michael Davis returned to the area, after transporting the citizen to their residence. He found that the Auburndale Fire Department was working hard to extinguish the fire in the kitchen of the Crave & Copper restaurant. Trooper Davis then stayed on scene to assist the Auburndale Police Department with traffic control until the Fire Department gained control of the incident.

The Auburndale City Commission presented a commendation to State Trooper Michael Davis during a public meeting on January 6, 2020, for alerting the Auburndale Fire Department to signs of the active fire. He did not know if a fire was indeed happening, but he saw something and he said something. It’s an important message that we want to pass on to our citizens that if something doesn’t seem right, call it into dispatch or the appropriate agency. Together we make Auburndale a safe place to live, work, and play.

To reach Dispatch, call 863-401-2240.