Monday morning, a driver was killed after his car crashed into a fireworks store in Florida, causing the building to catch fire.
At 4:15 p.m. on West New Haven Avenue in West Melbourne, John Marcano, 53, was driving an SUV when he collided with a Toyota, sending both vehicles careening across an intersection and into the parking lot of the Phantom Fireworks shop, according to officials who spoke to News 6.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Marcano smashed into the business, setting off the explosives inside and causing the store to go up in flames.
In a video provided by Brevard County Fire Rescue, loud explosions resembling fireworks or firecrackers can be heard coming from within the store as flames and smoke billows out of the roof.
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Upon arrival, crews “discovered significant and fast deteriorating fire conditions with heavy involvement of the fireworks that were inside the building,” the agency added. The building’s exterior was completely burned.
According to Florida Today, two employees of Phantom Fireworks were working in the store’s back when Marcano slammed through the front window. The body of Marcano was discovered at the location. The accident’s cause has yet to be determined.
According to Lt. Channing Taylor of the Florida Highway Patrol, the Toyota’s 39-year-old driver had pulled over to the shoulder to exchange information with Marcano after he struck her, but Marcano struck her again and forced her across the intersection and into the parking lot.
An autopsy will be conducted. Taylor added, “I’m hoping the medical examiner will be able to provide some insight into it. Nothing was offered by the family that could shed light on the mystery.
The Toyota’s female driver walked away unscathed. Roxana Dominguez, Marcano’s cousin, said her uncle was murdered while driving to pick up the couple’s two sons.
He was simply a humorous and joyful individual. He cherished his family of wife and kids. They’re dedicated, having stayed with the same company for 18 years, as Dominguez put it.