Melbourne Beach home destroyed in fire


MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. - Officials are investigating after a Melbourne Beach home was destroyed in a fire Saturday afternoon.

The fire broke out at an intracoastal home on the 400 block of Sandy Key in Melbourne Beach shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Once on scene, fire officials said the home was fully engulfed in flames. It was a fire that officials said doesn't happen often in the small town of Melbourne Beach.

"We usually do smaller fires, it's been a couple years since we've come up on a call like this where its a fully involved structure," said Fire Chief Jim Hunter of the Melbourne Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Officials said firefighters on scene reported intense flames shooting through the roof of the waterfront home.

"We did not even make entry into this structure because of the magnitude of the fire when we got on scene," Hunter explained.

No citizens or firefighters were injured in the fire, according to officials.

Fire crews from Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Indialantic Fire Department had to be called in to help fight the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.