Sunday, May 30, 2010

Flames for foreclosed condo -- Palm Bay, FL

Authorities say an arson fire forced neighbors to evacuate and while causing at least $20,000 in damage to a foreclosed condominium unit.



The fire was reported about 2 a.m. Friday at The Palms at 2190 Forrest Knoll Road, just west of Babcock Street in the northeast section of the city.

“It’s arson,” said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for Palm Bay Fire-Rescue.

Fire crews doused a burning mattress in unit 108.

No one was inside at the time, but fire investigators suspect the residence had been used by drug users.

“This apartment is not currently occupied and is known to be frequented by drug users," said Fire Inspector Ron Bailey.

“The unit had no electricity as it is in foreclosure.”

Several other residents were evacuated but were allowed to return once the fire was extinguished and the condo secured.

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100529/BREAKINGNEWS/100528010/1006/NEWS01/Arson+suspected+in+Palm+Bay+condo+fire

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