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2 people killed in overnight home fire, St. Lucie County firefighters tell us at the scene

Fire took place at home on Avenue O in Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce Fatal Home Fire
Posted at 1:53 PM, Jul 04, 2024

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WPTV Thursday afternoon that an overnight house fire resulted in two deaths.

Sheriff deputies, along with the St. Lucie County Fire District, responded overnight to the home in 3600 block of Avenue O in Fort Pierce.

Family members of the victims told WPTV reporter Matt Sczesny it was a couple who died in the home, a retired pastor in his 80’s and a woman in her late 60’s.

“My dad was real good with the community, a pastor and real good about helping people,” said Stacy Cash.

Cash says his dad had lived in the home since 1978.

He says the fire was so intense, it may have been difficult for the couple to escape from either the front or back door.

“What I believe happened, the roof caved in from the burning,” he said.

Authorities are conducting an investigation into how the fire started. In a statement, St. Lucie County Sheriff Keith Pearson said:

"We are still in the very early stages of this investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected during this difficult time."