Officials Investigate Possible Arson in Titusville House Fire

TITUSVILLE, Florida – Fire officials believe that a fire that heavily damaged a unit of a duplex in Titusville, Florida tonight may have been intentionally set according to Brevard County Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Taylor.

Fire crews from Brevard County Fire Rescue, with the assistance from Titusville Fire & Emergency Services, responded to the home located in the 5500 block of Wendy Lee Drive in Titusville just after 8:00 p.m. 

First arriving units reported smoke showing from one half of the duplex. Crews quickly deployed handlines and made entry into the home and located a fire burning in a back bedroom.  Officials described the room as “well-involved” on arrival and estimate the damage to the home could exceed $10,000.  No one was inside the affected unit when the fire broke out.

Fire officials believe that the fire may have been intentionally set.  Investigators from Brevard County Fire Rescue, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Fire Marshall’s Office have launched an inquiry to determine exactly what occurred before the fire was discovered. 

At least one resident of the home, a female, was on scene tonight.  Residents of the unit will be displaced, however it is unclear whether or not Red Cross assistance will be needed.

Officials on scene credit the quick actions of firefighters with confining the fire to a single room and preventing fire spread to the attic and adjacent unit.  The second unit suffered no fire damage and residents of that unit are unaffected.