Massive marina fire forces closure of US 1 in Florida Keys

Photo courtesy Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Cory.

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) – A massive marina fire has closed U.S. 1, the only road to the Florida Keys.

The fire broke out early Monday at the Vaca Key Marina in Marathon, which is 113 miles south of Miami. The highway runs south to Key West, which is 48 miles away.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a news release that the road, also known as the Overseas Highway, was closed in both directions about 3 a.m. Monday due to fire hoses being stretched across the road.

Herrin says the fire is at mile marker 47.5. No further details were immediately available.

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