Woman dies in fire at Century Village in Deerfield Beach

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel
By Linda Trischitta

Published January 15, 2017


Firefighters racing to a blaze at Century Village in Deerfield Beach found flames and black smoke coming from a second-floor apartment where a woman in her 60s was discovered dead inside on Thursday night, a county official said.

"Apparently the fire had a good start before we were called," Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said Friday about the smoky conditions that drew about 24 firefighters and paramedics.

The woman's identity was not available Friday. Homicide detectives found her death was not from suspicious circumstances, he said.

The cause of the fire that destroyed the unit in Building O at 239 Newport is being investigated by the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshals Bureau and the state's Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, Jachles said.


Firefighters were called at about 5:30 p.m. and the fire was out about 15 minutes later, according to the spokesman.

Neighboring units in the complex that is south of West Hillsboro Boulevard and west of South Military Trail were not damaged by fire, but two residents sought the help of the American Red Cross. Those living in eight apartments were displaced because they lost electric power.

Jachles said it was the first fire fatality for the county agency in 2017, "and hopefully it will be the last. Most fires are preventable, with the use of smoke alarms and sprinklers, and fire safety education."