Woman dead in home fire in Vero Beach South


VERO BEACH SOUTH — A fully engulfed mobile home fire left a 68-year-old woman dead early Saturday, sheriff’s officials and fire rescue crews said. Deputies were called to Woodlawn Manor after a person was heard screaming for help, said Sgt. Kevin Jaworski, a spokesperson for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

“Due to the intensity of the fire, the deputies were unable to get to where the person was,” Jaworski said. The flames and smoke left significant damage to the home and destroyed a vehicle in the driveway.

The fire spread to two other residences nearby, leaving minor damage, said Steve Greer, Assistant Fire Chief with Indian River County Fire Rescue. Greer said three other people in the home were able to escape the flames.

“The fire traveled quickly throughout the home,” Greer said.

Sheriff’s deputies and fire rescue crews responded to the blaze at 3:54 a.m. at the mobile home park in the 500 block of Fourth Street, just west of U.S. 1. Greer said four people lived at the residence, with three making it out safely.

While on scene, deputies were informed that there was an individual in the home who was unaccounted for, Jaworski said.

Deputies evacuated several other lots that surrounded the residence. Firefighters knocked down the flames within 20 minutes and found the woman’s body in her bedroom, Greer said.

Greer said the residence was uninhabitable.

“It’s a total loss,” Greer said. The state fire marshal was investigating the cause of the fire.

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