13 Left Homeless after Florida Apartment Fire


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Firefighters from Holly Hill Fire Department, Daytona Beach Fire Department and Volusia County Fire Services battled a four-unit apartment fire late Wednesday, April 28.

Firefighters responded to 1373 Beacon Drive in the city of Holly Hill around 11:45 p.m. Witness reports on scene stated that the fire was believed to have started in the downstairs, unit one, apartment kitchen. Witnesses said they had to notify the occupants in the apartment of the fire by banging on the windows and yelling for them to evacuate.

Upon arrival, firefighters were met with heavy black smoke and flames coming from the windows of the first and second floor apartments. Firefighters knocked down the fire within minutes and confined most of the heavy damage to the apartment where the fire started.

Firefighters conducted a unit-by-unit search of the complex to ensure that all occupants had evacuated the structure. All occupants were accounted for with only one person, a minor, being treated for minor injuries.

Due to the heavy damage to the apartment complex, thirteen individuals are receiving assistance from the Red Cross. The Florida State Fire Marshal's Office will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. The property's estimated value was listed at $178,000.