A fire destroyed a house on Deer Road in Charlotte County early Wednesday morning.
The blaze was reported around 5:30 a.m. By the time Charlotte County Fire & EMS arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, so they requested mutual aid from the Punta Gorda Fire Department, which sent a truck.
The fire was under control by 6:24 a.m.
According to Charlotte Fire, no one was injured. Crews cleaned up the scene, remaining several hours after the blaze was extinguished to watch out for any hot spots and flare-ups, and the fire marshal will be investigating the cause of the fire.
Neighbors tell WINK News the homeowners just returned to Wisconsin. Those same neighbors told the fire marshal the homeowners that nothing connected to electricity was left on in the home, so they don’t know what caused the fire; they speculated it may have been caused by lightning strikes during Tuesday’s thunderstorms.
The house is a total loss: the roof is entirely gone and other parts of the structure were caved in.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.