Pinellas County

Victims identified in Largo mobile home fire

Feb. 8 fire killed 2 women

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) - We now know the names of the two women who died in a mobile home fire in Largo nearly two weeks ago. Investigators are still calling the fire "suspicious."

It happened at the Avalon mobile home park off US Highway 19.

Charred belongings, soot and ashes are all that's left of the home where 52-year-old Diane Morrocco lived with her 50-year-old roommate, Carol Benton.

Morrocco was disabled with serious medical issues. Benton, lived on an inheritance.

Both died in the early morning of Feb. 8.

“They were both, ya know, they were really nice but they kept to themselves. A lot of people here in the park didn't really know them very well,” said neighbor Eric Emery.

Emery knew both of the victims.

Video and stills from that morning show the raging inferno. Neighbors attempted a rescue, but the hot flames kept them back.

“Tried to get some tools. Tried to open up the door. It looked like that fire was coming from the A/C or the bedroom areas,” said one neighbor.

Many are batting around theories of what happened. Largo police detectives are waiting for the medical examiner and fire marshal's results.

But Emery heard one clue.

“When they released the bodies, they did tell the family that they found no evidence of foul play,” he said.

Despite the intense heat, firefighters kept the flames from leaping to nearby homes. 

“It woke me up. The first thing I thought is my roof is on fire because I heard it I could see the light coming out through my skylights,” said Emery.

The smell of burned plastic and wood still lingers in the air.      

A Largo Police Department news release says it will be many weeks until it is able to comment accurately on this case.


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