Condo fire kills 80-year-old man, displaces 100 in Pompano Beach
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A high rise condominium building caught fire in Pompano Beach early Tuesday morning, killing an 80-year-old man and displacing 100 people.
According to the city of Pompano Beach, Fire Rescue received a fire alarm call at 1505 N. Riverside Drive at Intracoastal Towers.
The building is 15 stories, and upon arrival crews discovered a fire on the 7th floor.
According to the city of Pompano Beach, the person who lived in apartment 707 said she walked out and noticed her apartment was on fire. She escaped unharmed.
PBFR extinguished the fire, but heavy smoke quickly traveled down the hall to other apartments.
As crews entered the neighboring apartments, they found Vincent Andretta, 80, deceased four doors down.
Deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Office believe Andretta died from smoke inhalation, but the cause of death is pending an autopsy.
The city of Pompano Beach says a total of seven people were taken to the hospital, and three of the seven were rescued from 7th floor balconies.
Apartment 707 is a complete loss, and numerous apartments have heavy smoke and water damage, firefighters said.
Fifty fire units from multiple departments responded to the four alarm fire.
Red Cross is on scene to help the displaced. PBFR and State Fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.