Big Pine Key – Fire destroyed a structure on Big Pine Key overnight.
Deputies and Monroe County firefighters arrived at 200 Palomino road just after 3 a.m. to find the structure fully engulfed in flames. The structure houses two businesses – Big Pine Paint and Body and K and M Auto.
A neighbor called after hearing a lot of “popping” sounds; she told dispatchers when she looked out the door, she could feel the heat from 50 yards away. Another caller said he could see flames up over the trees.
The fire was extinguished by just after 4 a.m. The state and county fire marshal were both notified and will respond to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze.