Firefighters investigate Pelican Landing house fire

Published: April 7, 2015 4:03 PM EDT
Updated: April 7, 2015 5:20 PM EDT
Bonita Springs Fire Department

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Fire crews are searching for clues after a home burned down Tuesday afternoon.

The fire happened in the Pelican Landing community, just off of US 41.

Officials say the fire started in the garage after a car burst into flames, but what caused the car burst into flames still remains under investigation.

Fire crews tell WINK News when they arrived, the garage was already engulfed in flames and the fire was quickly spreading to the home.

“The flames were actually coming out of the garage, they must have been 20 feet high,” said neighbor Dan Vanstraaten.

Deputy Chief Rich Scott says because of the way the home is designed, once flames were in the attic, they knew the home was a total loss.

“One of the things, with those types of roofs, those barrel tile roofs with the clay concrete tiles, is once it gets into the attic, there’s no vent system. So it’s just like a furnace up there. Once the wood and the trusses start to catch on fire, it doesn’t take long at all,” said Scott.

Officials tells WINK News one person was transported to the hospital. The State Fire Marshall will investigate the fire.