Published: Mar 29, 2012 3:58 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 29, 2012 10:43 PM EDT

PINE ISLAND, Fla.- Four Bokeelia homes were damaged in an 18-acre brush fire Wednesday night. The area is expected to be smouldering for several days.

Florida Forest Service told WINK News that the fire started when a spark from a cutting torch accidentally set the blaze on someone's private property. That individual called 911, when he was unable to put the fire out himself.

The South Trail Fire and Forest Service are investigating the case.

The thick smell of smoke still hovers in the air Thursday, as crews are on the scene continuing their mop up phase.

WINK News was able to get in the middle of the torched area. The fire melted the side of one home's shed, and burned a front end loader. Two abandonded boats and an RV were also damaged.

Fire officials have reduced the number of acres that were burned to 18 down from 25. Officials from Matlacha, Pine Island and Florida Forest Service are monitoring the area. 

The fire is trying to flare up in a few different places, so they are being very agressive.

One resident, whose home was very close to the flames, said she is shocked at how close they came to disaster.

WINK News is continuing to follow this and will bring you the latest developments.