The iconic, brightly painted Southernmost buoy in Key West enters the new year with a huge scorch mark after someone lit a Christmas tree on fire near it.
Key West police are searching for two white males who allegedly marred the monument by torching the offending tree after New Year’s Eve had passed.
#NEW: Two men set a Christmas tree on fire next to the #SouthernmostPoint buoy in #KeyWest overnight, scorching the face of iconic landmark. @2OceansDigital surveillance cameras captured the incident.
Key West police now investigating. #Florida #SouthFlorida @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/N9K6fB8beH
— Ryan Nelson (@RyanNelsonTV) January 1, 2022
The fire occurred sometime around 3 a.m. Saturday and unfortunately caused extensive damage to the anchored concrete buoy before it was extinguished by Key West fire fighters.
Anyone with information about their identities is asked to call the Key West Police Department at 305-809-1000.