MATLACHA, Fla.- There's not much left of this home on Pine Island Road, but the fire marshal is sifting through debris to find evidence to learn who or what st arted this violent blaze. Witnesses from last night have their own theory.
"We could see fireworks. It was obvious. Huge explosions, and fireworks going on," said Judi Rivercomb.
We're told the owner was out of town when the fire started. Now his neighbors nearby are watching out for his property and animals that lived in his backyard.
"They have a whole bunch of cats and kittens and they seem to have smoke inhalation and eye problems," said Amy Hashman.
She took a half a dozen cats that were in bad shape after living through the fire. She gave them water and made sure to get them to a rescue shelter for treatment for smoke inhalation.
"They seem to be in need. Desperate need. And the poor house burnt down," said Hashman.
But another neighbor is losing out big from the blaze. The owner of this fishery says he's losing atleast $70,000 dollars after the fire melted the side of his building leaving him without any way to refrigerate what he catches on the boat.
"Just our retail here today, yesterday was a holiday, and today we were expecting another big day," said Eddie Barnhill.
But like other neighbors on this strip of Pine Island Road, he's worried this recent string of fires is more than just a coincidence.
"Seems like a little strip of fire going on here, and I don't know why this is happening," said Barnhill.