Boca Grande blaze completely destroys million-dollar home
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BOCA GRANDE, Fla. - A fire broke out in Boca Grande Thursday, completely destroying one luxury home and damaging two more.
The Boca Grande Fire Department received the call just after 6:30 a.m. on reports of an alarm sounding, but when they arrived on the scene they discovered a far more intense situation.
"We had a fully involved structure fire that was venting on the roof, confirmed by our crews in route," said CW Blosser, Boca Grande Fire Chief.
The call came from the 300 block of Pilot Point Ln. By the time firefighters arrived, flames had caught the two adjacent homes on fire.
"This is the largest fire we've had in several years," said the veteran fire chief.
The home where the blaze broke out is completely destroyed. The home was valued at more than $1.3 million at tax time this year.
Neighboring homes to the right and left were also damaged.
"The one on the south [has] extensive damage," said Chief Blosser. "The one on the north fared pretty well."
Thankfully, no injuries were reported. The houses were described as vacation homes.
"They are owned but the people are away at this time, it appeared to be seasonal homes," said Dee Hawkins-Garland, Charlotte Co. Fire.
In all, about 45 fire fighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
The soaring temperatures and high humidity Thursday also a big factor as crews rushed to fight the fire.
Fire fighters rotated in 20 minute shifts between being in action and cooling down, taking in plenty of fluids.
"They're gonna get worn down quickly," said Chief Blosser. "We rotate them through, we try to get them into an ambulance or another air conditioned structure."
No word yet on the cause of the fire. The fire chief tells Fox 4 once the blaze is completely contained and extinguished they will then launch and investigation into the cause of the fire.