|Published:||Mar 06, 2013 10:25 PM EST|
|Updated:||Mar 07, 2013 12:11 AM EST|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL-- Wind whipped flames caused quite a scare for Rotunda west neighbors.
"We are hoping our house doesn't catch on fire," said home owner Todd Lowe.
A little more than 70 acres burned and the thick, dry brush only helped fuel the flames for hours.
"It happened so fast I just looked out and the yard was on fire and said we need to get out of here," said Stephanie Lowe.
Lowe and her family were one of many that evacuated and hoped for the best.
"My daughter had called me and said mom what do you want out of the house what do you need me to get because she was here," said Faye Najar.
It took a small army of firefighters to get the blaze under control. Four different strike teams were called in from Lee, Collier and Sarasota counties.
"You are looking at 13 different fire departments complied of over 32 engines," said Charlotte County Fire and EMS spokeswoman Dee Hawkins-Garland.
The Florida fire service used bulldozers to pile up boundary lines and even the Charlotte County Sheriffs helicopter dumped water on the flames that left this community in shock.
"Our paradise is definitely hampered," said Paula Gucwa.
The American Red Cross responded to take care of the close to 80 firefighters--men and woman these neighbors are calling heroes.
"I want to thank all the firefighters to be honest with you because they came here so fast and they did the best they can," said Cosimo Serino.