Remembering the ‘Pumpkin Center’: Take An Exclusive Video Tour of Brevard’s Lost Treasure

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ABOVE VIDEO: Take a walk through Brevard County’s former iconic Cocoa Beach oceanfront estate known as the “Pumpkin Center” in Cocoa Beach that was built by the late media legend Al Neuharth and burned to the ground last month.

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Fire Marshall Rules Cause of Blaze ‘Undertermined,’ Investigation By Property Insurance Company Ongoing

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Take a walk through Brevard County’s former iconic Cocoa Beach oceanfront estate known as the “Pumpkin Center” in Cocoa Beach that was built by the late media legend Al Neuharth and burned to the ground last month.

The Cocoa Beach Fire Department announced last week the cause of the March 15 residential building fire at the “Pumpkin Center” was ruled “undetermined.”

The investigation was conducted by multiple contributors including the Cocoa Beach Fire Marshal, the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, Cocoa Beach Police Department, and Orlando Fire Department Arson and Bomb Unit.

This disposition is dependent on multiple factors which failed to identify a clear and concise origin and cause of the fire and allows the investigation to be reopened at any time should additional information or evidence become available to the Fire Marshal’s Office.

The property used to be owned by the late media legend Allen H. Neuharth who founded USA TODAY and FLORIDA TODAY, and was one of the newspaper industry’s most influential personalities.

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The sale of the iconic property known as the “Pumpkin Center” in Cocoa Beach closed in February 2015, and sold for $4 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service and new homeowners.

An investigation by the property insurance company as to the cause, origin, and contributing factors is ongoing independently of the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Cocoa Beach Fire Department at 321-868-3330 or fire@cityofcocoabeach.com.

ABOVE VIDEO: Firefighters pouring water on the  a day after the March 15 Pumpkin Center Fire in Cocoa Beach, the former iconic oceanfront estate that was built by the late media legend Al Neuharth and burned to the ground. (Pelican1 video)

ABOVE VIDEO: Fire departments responded to a massive blaze at a Cocoa Beach mansion around 9 p.m. March 15 that used to be owned by the late media legend Allen H. Neuharth that founded USA TODAY and FLORIDA TODAY, and was one of the newspaper industry’s most influential personalities. 

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ABOVE MAP: Cocoa Beach Fire Department announced the cause of the March 15 residential building fire at the “Pumpkin Center” located at 333 South Atlantic Avenue in the City of Cocoa Beach was ruled “undetermined.” 


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