1 dead in Palm Shores mobile home fire

Caregiver attempts to rescue victim from engulfed trailer

PALM SHORES, Fla. – One person was killed in a Tuesday morning fire in Palm Shores, according to Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

The fire was reported about 6:15 a.m. at the Big Oak Trailer Park near the intersection of U.S. 1 and Allen Hill Avenue, north of Pineda Causeway, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

Firefighters spotted an unidentified person in the burning home when they arrived, fire officials reported. 

"There is a handicap person still inside the residence," a dispatcher reported.

Firefighters pulled the person from the home upon their arrival.

A resident of the trailer park who is both a friend and the victim's caregiver tried to pull him out before rescuers arrived.

"Too much smoke, couldn't breathe, couldn't even get past the screen door," Billy Lemon said. "It was impossible, so I don't see how they were going to get him out alive."

Lemon said the man was in his 70s, lived alone and was already in poor health.

"He had health issues and I helped him through his hip surgery and took him to his doctors and all that," Lemon said. "My heart goes out for him."

Lemon said his friend was originally from Pennsylvania and loved riding motorcycles.

Two cats may have also died in the fire.

The Red Cross responded to the scene.

The Sheriff's Office said there were no signs of foul play. The fire is still under investigation.