Published: Sep 18, 2013 9:55 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 10:54 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Firefighters officials say it may be weeks before we learn what caused a fire at a home on the corner of Lafayette Street and Brown Street in Fort Myers, about a block from Dunbar Park.

The Fort Myers Fire Department was called out around 9:20 Wednesday morning. When they arrived, they saw smoke and flames shooting from the roof of the home.

Carolyn Mitchell lives there with her three sons and her grandchildren. No one was home at the time of the fire, but her two rottweilers were rescued from and received treatment from both Lee County EMS and Animal Control.

Mitchell said she left her home this morning for no more than 20 minutes, and came home to find everything up in smoke. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but Mitchell told WINK News she left candles lit when she left the house.

She said she's just thankful her family and pets are safe.

"Its four walls," said Mitchell. "I'm here, my family's here. I can't worry about that house. I'm just happy to be with my family. I'm alive."

WINK News is continuing to follow this story and will bring you updates as they become available.