• Fire destroys vacant million-dollar Ormond Beach house


    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - A million-dollar home on Ocean Shore Boulevard in Ormond Beach was destroyed in a fire, officials said.

    Authorities said the home was vacant at the time of the fire that started at about 3 a.m. Friday.

    It took firefighters from throughout Volusia County to fight the flames shooting from the home.

    Officials said crews tried to get as far into the home as they could, but it got too dangerous.

    "They gained access to discover that it had vented from the basement up," said Ormond Beach Fire Chief Bob Mandarino. "Unsafe conditions for them, so they pulled out and went into defensive mode from the outside only."

    Mandarino said the age of the home and the way it was built made it tough for them to put the fire out.

    The flames were so intense that part of the roof started to cave in.

    Authorities have not said whether the circumstance surrounding the fire was suspicious.

    "It's under investigation. We really don't have a lot to go on right now," Mandarino said.

    The home is a total loss, said officials.  The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze. 

    The homeowners live out of state and only spend a few months out of the year in the home. Officials said when the owners are not at the house, they shut the power off. 

    Since no one was home, and there wasn't electricity running through it, the Fire Marshal's Office will use a dog to sniff for accelerates. 

    The house fire is about six miles from the vacant homes that were set on fire Wednesday morning in Daytona Beach, WFTV found out.

    Arson investigators have no suspects in those three cases.

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