Fire destroys home, backs up traffic

Last update: April 05, 2005

DAYTONA BEACH -- A kitchen fire at a mobile home park left one home burned to the ground and southbound traffic backed up along Nova Road for hours late Monday afternoon.
The manufactured home on Twin Coach Court in the Carriage Cove mobile home park burst into flames about 4:30 p.m., Daytona Beach fire spokesman Lt. John King said.

A 50-year-old man was cooking chicken in the home and stepped out of his house to chat with neighbors, King said. While he was away, the house became engulfed in flames, King said. The man was unsure if he had turned the stove off, he said.

"We heard a pop and we came outside," Goulet said. "I was the only one in the park who had a cell phone."

Firefighters could see flames from the home from a couple of blocks away, King said. The home was completely destroyed.

Traffic was backed up for several blocks for almost two hours as police worked to redirect the traffic away from the entrance of the mobile home park.

The man was treated on scene for chest pains, King said. No one else was injured and no other homes were damaged in the fire, officials said.

The State Fire Marshal's Office will investigate the incident to determine the exact cause of the fire.

-- Mark S. Luckie