July 12, 2013

Vehicle arson fire seriously injures one

Marathon – A vehicle fire at a 107th Street bar this morning sent one person to a Miami hospital with severe burns.

Detectives and the Fire Marshall's Office will be investigating the fire, which is believed to be arson.
                       
A person from the Dog House bar called the Sheriff’s Office at 3:43 a.m. to report a truck on fire. He said he was evacuating everyone from the bar in case the fire escalated.

Deputies and firefighters responded. One man was found to have been injured in the fire. 52 year old Jose Gonzales of Homestead was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center for treatment of severe burns.

Major Crimes Detective Manny Cuervo says it appears Gonzales was inside the cab of his work truck, possibly sleeping or resting when someone appears to have lit it on fire by tipping over a gas can and lighting the fuel.

Gonzales worked for Florida Paving and Trucking Incorporated out of Homestead. Also on the truck was a generator and a tank of diesel fuel. There were several explosions reported as the truck burned.


Investigations are continuing. The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Fire Marshall's Office are working together on the case.

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