PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Investigators are searching for the person who intentionally set fire to this Charlotte County home. Flames ripped through the house on Orange Drive.
WINK News is learning accelerants were found inside that house and just a few days ago it was the site of a drug bust. Investigators say so much accelerant was used in this fire the framework to this front bedroom window is bowed out. Fire officials say the vapors from those accelerants actually caused the window to blow out.
Neighbors say after the past couple of days here, they're just hoping things get back to normal.
Neighbors on Orange Drive in Port Charlotte woke up early Wednesday morning to the sound of sirens and the sight of flames.
"I could see the lights from the cop cars flashing in my window," says Alyssa Karr.
"But then I heard these two big bangs it was like a boom, boom and I'm like and I'm thinking it's gunshots... and I smell fire because my garage door and the windows are open and stuff I smelled fire and I looked outside and there were big flames," says Kelsey Delt.
Fire fighters got the flames under control in under 20 minutes. They brought in a canine unit though and determined the blaze was no accident.
"There was excessive amount of accelerant used to start the fire," says Dee Hawkins with Charlotte County Fire and Rescue.
This isn't the first time authorities have been to this home. Just last Friday, deputies served a search warrant here and arrested James Hoholik and Megan Kukish. During a search of the home, detectives found methamphetamine and MDMA residue.
"Just wondering you know kind of things are going on right where we live you know what kind of people there are here," Karr adds.
No one was inside the home at the time. If you have any information, you're asked to call the sheriff's office.