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Marina fire in Florida Keys burns boats, house and lobster traps

A major fire early Monday at a Marathon marina consumed a house and a lot filled with wooden lobster traps.
A major fire early Monday at a Marathon marina consumed a house and a lot filled with wooden lobster traps.

A massive marina fire in the Florida Keys shut down the Overseas Highway early Monday around Mile Marker 47.5, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire at Vaca Key Marina in Marathon started around 2:30 a.m and burned for several hours, said Deputy Becky Herrin, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

“Road closed both directions as firefighters attempt to get fire under control,” the sheriff’s office reported on Twitter.

Herrin said firehoses are blocking U.S.1, which stretches from Key Largo to Key West.

The call came in as a boat fire, but when firefighters arrived they found a house burning along with an acre lot filled with wooden lobster traps, said Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark.

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A major fire early Monday at a Marathon marina consumed a house and a lot filled with wooden lobster traps. Monroe County Fire Rescue

Crews from Marathon and Monroe County worked to extinguish the blaze by 5:30 a.m., Clark said.

The cause of the fire was unknown early Monday, she said. No injuries were immediately reported.

This bulletin will be updated as more information becomes available.

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