Published: Jan 20, 2014 4:00 PM EST
Updated: Jan 20, 2014 4:16 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fl. - It could be a few months before a Port Charlotte couple can return to their homea fire ripped through Sunday night.  No word yet on what caused Sunday night's fire on Collingswood Boulevard.

Restoration crews were out there for several hours Monday boarding up the house.  Neighbors say the owners went through their belongings to see what they could salvage.

They've lived in this home for more than 20 years.

Crews say the fire started a little before 9:00 Sunday night.  Neighbors say flames were shooting from the front windows.

The husband, wife and their two dogs were inside at the time but officials say they got out okay.

"I heard a big popping noise and found out later apparently it was the front window in the house that blew out and I came outside and looked and there were flames shooting out of the front window... it's terrible, it's devastating," says Craig wunderlich, a neighbor.

It will take some work to get the home back to what it was.  Monday, a restoration company went through the home to assess the damage and boarded up the windows and the front door.

The couple could return to this home in the next four to six months.  As for the investigation, the state fire marshal is looking for a cause.