Travel trailer fire kills 2 people in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH, Fla. - UPDATE: 41-year-old Frederick Brubaker of Vero Beach has been identified by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office as one of two people who died in the fire.Investigators are still working to identify the second victim.


Two people and a dog were killed Friday morning when a travel trailer caught fire and burned in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Fire Department.

The camper was parked behind a home located at the intersection of 26th Street and 52 Avenue.

Officials said they received a call about the fire at 5:58 a.m. 

According to Asst. Fire Chief Brian Burkeen, firefighters found the travel trailer fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. The roof collapsed as they battled the blaze. Firefighters spotted the bodies inside the trailer as the fought the fire through open windows and the open roof, Burkeen said.

A pit bull was also found dead at the scene.

"(Travel trailers) always have propane in them.  They have paneling, things of that nature. They're made of aluminum, or in most cases fiberglass, which melt and burn rapidly. Very hot fires, very intense," said Burkeen.

Neighbors woke up to watch fire crews battle the fire.

"I opened my blinds and I see there's a fire so I grabbed my daughter, my wallet, my phone and my car keys," said neighbor Jerome Louis.

Louis said he didn't realize anyone was in the trailer.

Other neighbors say the homeowner of the land where the trailer was parked would often let family or their friends sleep in the trailer.

Investigators say because of the condition of the bodies, they will be using dental records to make a positive identification.

The fire marshal will be determining the cause of the fire.

Lamaur Stancil, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, contributed to this report.

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