Man, 71, dies in fire at Big Pine Key home

Detectives, fire marshal investigate cause of fatal fire


BIG PINE KEY, Fla. – A 71-year-old man died in a fire Thursday night at a home in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said the fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. on Avenue B in Big Pine Key.

The first deputy to arrive tried to go inside the home, but the fire and smoke was too intense, Herrin said.

Firefighters arrived minutes later and extinguished the flames.

Detectives and the state fire marshal are investigating what caused the fire.

The victim's identity hasn't been released.