Flagler Beach resident Lory Yazurlo, former pig sanctuary owner, killed in vehicle fire

Yazurlo, 53, ran the Pig Tales Sanctuary in western Flagler County until it was shut down in 2010.

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Flagler Beach resident Lory Yazurlo, 53 and former owner of a 20-acre pig sanctuary in western Flagler County, died in the early morning hours of Sept. 22 after a van she was in caught fire on John Anderson Highway. 

Yazurlo, who was disabled and used a wheelchair, was unable to escape the van.

Two calls came in to the Sheriff’s Office’s dispatch center starting at about 2:03 a.m. Sept. 22: Callers reported a vehicle on fire in the 3400 block of John Anderson Highway, fully engulfed, with a person still inside. 

A Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at 2:05 a.m. and found the 1997 Ford Econoline E150 on fire in the southbound lane, but wasn’t able to get close to it. Moments later, a fire engine arrived and began putting out the flames. 

One of the 911 callers, the deputy wrote int  a report, “was extremely upset and asked if I was able to ‘get her out?'”  The caller said that her friend, Yazurlo, was inside the van and was paraplegic and used a wheelchair.

By the time the flames were put out, Yazurlo was dead, the deputy wrote.

Much of the official Sheriff’s Office report is redacted. The investigation has been turned over to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Yazurlo ran the Pig Tales Sanctuary in rural western Flagler County for about 15 years. Officials had all of the pigs — around 400 — euthanized in 2010 after tests showed that some carried diseases.


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