Daytona Beach firefighters were called to two house fires on the beachside early Wednesday morning. The first house fire happened around 12:30 in the 500 block of Lenox Avenue, according to Daytona Beach Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Larry Stoney. The single-story wood home’s porch was “…fully involved…” as firefighters arrived on the scene. Lt. Stoney says heavy smoke and flames from the porch were “…beginning to make [their] way into the front bedroom and living room area…”, but firefighters were able to make an aggressive attack on the blaze and prevent the home from being lost. The Fire Department was told that the residents had moved out of the home earlier this week, and that it was believed to be vacant.
State Fire Marshall’s Office investigating “suspicious” fires
During the preliminary investigation into the fire, Lt. Stoney says evidence was found that indicated it was “…suspicious in nature…” and the State Fire Marshall’s Office was called in. The first estimates placed damage to the home at around $50,000. No one was hurt in the blaze and no other homes were damaged in the fire.
However, residents on Phoenix Avenue also reported a fire at an unoccupied house on that street afterwards. Lt. Stoney said residents reported seeing smoke and flames on the roof of the home, and that it appeared the fire started “…on the exterior of the structure.” The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating that fire as well. Phoenix Avenue is five streets south of Lenox Avenue, but Lt. Stoney said it was not known initially whether the two fires were connected. No one was hurt in the second fire, and damage reports were not yet available early Wednesday.
Lt. Stoney also emphasized later Wednesday morning that the Daytona Beach Fire Department was not “…linking our two fires during the overnight hours to the suspected serial arsonist in Orange and Seminole counties…” since a complete investigation of the fires was still underway.
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