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FATAL CONDO FIRE IN DEERFIELD BEACH

BSO Case Number: DR12-07-4592
PIO Number: 12-7-27
Date: July 28, 2012
Time: 2:48 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 333 N. Ocean Dr., Deerfield Beach
Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach

Victim(s):

  • Ellen Kartman, 67, 1/9/45, female, 333 N. Ocean Dr., unit 902, Deerfield Beach (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

Description of Incident:

A fire at a Deerfield Beach condominium claimed the life of one resident and sent one firefighter to the hospital for treatment.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and firefighters responded to the blaze after receiving several 911 calls starting at 2:48 p.m. Saturday. The Tiara East condos, which are to about half capacity this time of year, were already being evacuated when BSO personnel arrived. First arriving units saw heavy smoke and fire. As firefighters made their way up to the ninth floor, they saw flames coming out of unit 902 then witnessed a flash bang before the condo unit was fully engulfed. When firefighters got to the unit they described the intensity of the fire like a “blowtorch”.

During the search, the deceased body of Ellen Kartman, 67, was located. Kartman lived in the condo with her husband, but she was home alone when the fire broke out.

A BSO firefighter who received second-degree burns to the side of his face was treated and released at Broward Health North.

In addition to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units, TRT (Technical Rescue Team) and HAZMAT, firefighters from Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach assisted with the high-rise fire. A BSO battalion chief estimated about 40 to 50 firefighters were on scene and said it took about 20 minutes to put out the blaze.

The fire was contained to unit 902, but several surrounding units received heavy smoke and water damage. It was not immediately known how many condos where effected or if any families were displaced. The American Red Cross was on scene to assist if needed.

Detectives from BSO’s homicide and crime scene units as well as BSO’s Fire Marshal and the State Fire Marshal’s offices, worked into the night to determine the cause and origin of the fire, which remain under investigation. Estimated damages have yet to be determined as well.

INVESTIGATORS:

Sgt. A. Hofstein and Sgt. R. Hernandez, Deerfield Beach; Fire Battalion Chief T. Ray; Homicide Det. J. Curcio, CID and Crime Scene

THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO July 28, 2012 2250

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