CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A suspicious vehicle fire last night in the north Cape caused $9,000 damage to a Dodge Caravan. The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
At 10:42 p.m., Cape Fire Dispatch received multiple calls reporting a vehicle on fire in a vacant lot next to 426 Jacaranda Parkway. Callers reported hearing several explosions and said the wind was causing the fire to spread into the surrounding grass. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a fully engulfed Dodge Caravan and a minor grass fire. Crews extinguished both fires by 10:54 p.m. There were no injuries.
Cape Coral Fire Investigator Charles Raborn arrived on scene and determined that the fire originated inside the van and was incendiary in nature. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted to conduct the investigation.
At 9:34 p.m., Cape Fire units responded to a bedroom fire at 3819 SW 6th Place. Fire crews arrived to find a mattress burning in one of the bedrooms. The fire was extinguished by 9:41 p.m. One female occupant was transported by EMS to Cape Coral Hospital for smoke inhalation, while a second female was treated for minor burns and released on scene.
Cape Fire Investigator Raborn also conducted this investigation and found that the cause of the fire was accidental. The source of the fire was a burning candle on the top of a dresser in the bedroom. The damage estimate was $2,500.
Earlier in the afternoon, Cape firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire in the NE Cape. Fire units arrived at the 1100 block of NE 14th Terrace to find a fast-moving brush fire on a 10-acre parcel surrounded by homes. Very dry conditions and a large amount of pepper trees contributed to the spread of the fire; however, Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control within about 40 minutes.