The fire appears to have started just after 1:30 p.m. at 716 Garden State Lane. It quickly spread to homes on either side, at 714 and 718. Other homes in the area sustained heat and smoke damage as well. Deputy E.B. Askins was first on the scene and checked surrounding structures to make sure no one was inside.
Firefighters responded from Key Largo, Tavernier, Ocean reef and Miami-Dade County. A boat from Sea Tow in Key Largo also worked the fire, spraying canal water on docked boats and other structures behind the homes.
None of the destroyed homes were occupied at the time of the fires. All the homes were second homes, but all of the owners did respond to the scene. The fires were extinguished by 5 p.m.
The Fire Marshall’s office will be investigating the cause of the fire.