71-year-old man dies in house fire on Big Pine Key

Posted at 8:13 AM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 08:13:46-04

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) -- A 71-year-old man has died in a house fire on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a news release that the fire started Thursday night. When Deputy Austin Hopp arrived at the home, heavy fire and smoke prevented Deputy Austin Hopp from getting inside the home.

Herrin says Monroe County firefighters arrived minutes later and put the fire out. The man's body was found inside.

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the sheriff's major crimes unit are investigating.

The man's name hasn't been release.