Fire ruins woman's home
By Ed Bierschenk staff writer
December 27, 2003

VERO BEACH Shaking and crying, Michelle Salter embraced her weeping aunt as the two women tried to come to grips with the scorched remnants left from Friday's fire at Salter's grandmother's home.

"I can't believe it. All our pictures, everything is in that house," sobbed Salter, 32, as she tried to console her aunt, Geena Taylor, outside the house at 608 Fifth Street S.W.


Taylor's mother, Alma Adderly, was in Orlando at the time of the fire and firefighter's said they found no one during a search of the home.

"Grandma's car was blown up. Grandma's house is gone," said Salter as she spoke by phone to her father, Willie Mosley.

Salter said she has regularly been checking the house the past couple of weeks while her grandmother has been out of town. About an hour after she checked the home Friday, she said a friend who lives in the area called to tell her the home was on fire. Firefighters were able to save a portion of the home and still were determining the extent of the damage Friday night. Salter said she did not know if the home was insured.

Indian River County Battalion Chief Norman Wells said that the fire started in a car under a carport and spread to the home. Investigators Friday night were trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Wells said the house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived around 6 p.m. Fifteen firefighters with four engines and a ladder truck responded to the fire and were able to keep it from spreading to nearby homes.