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MARCO ISLAND | Firefighters investigating explosion at condo building

Marco Island
Posted at 8:55 AM, Oct 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-16 18:28:02-04

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — Firefighters are investigating an explosion at a condo building on Marco Island. The fire department says the explosion happened at Monterrey Condominium around 2:55 a.m. Monday.

About 55 people who live in the building are displaced for a couple of weeks, according to Fire Chief Chris Byrne.

Byrne said a transformer within the building's electrical system caused the explosion. While there were no flames, crews did find smoke.

The fire chief said there is heavy damage to the lobby, elevators, drywall and other parts of the building, causing the displacement of residents.

The Red Cross is working with people to get some of their belongings out while also assisting with temporary housing.

Byrne said the State Fire Marshal is investigating, but no foul play is suspected.