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Port Orange Observer Saturday, Jun. 29, 2019 2 months ago

Woman found dead after Port Orange trailer fire, explosion

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The investigation is ongoing and the woman’s identity is being withheld until the family has been notified.  
by: Alyssa Warner Staff Writer

A woman was found dead after a travel trailer caught fire and exploded on Thursday, June 27.

At approximately 10:41 p.m., Port Orange Fire Rescue and the Port Orange Police Department responded to reports of a travel trailer on fire in the Rose Bay Travel Park, according to Detective Sgt. Steve Nagy. Once the fire had been extinguished, the woman was found dead inside. As the Fire Department arrived at 10:48 p.m., a large explosion shook the area, said Fire Chief Ken Fustin.

“It appears an oxygen bottle stored inside the travel trailer exploded, narrowly missing our first arriving crews," Fustin said.

A neighbor ran to the trailer to help the woman and told police the flames blew the door open. The neighbor saw the woman on the floor inside the trailer covered in what looked like melted plastic, according to the police report. The man said the woman yelled for him to help her, but that he couldn’t get to her due to the smoke and flames being too intense.

During a 911 call from a neighbor, a man explained the woman inside the trailer was disabled and she could be seen surrounded by flames in her room. He said that the woman was dead, and told the operator that he knew that because she stopped screaming.

Another neighbor told police she heard yelling outside and thought it was her neighbors arguing, and it wasn't until she heard an explosion that she went outside and saw the fire, according to the report. 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and responded to investigate, according to a press release. The investigation is ongoing and the woman’s identity is being withheld until the family has been notified.  

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