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Cape Coral Home Fire Causes 150K in Damage

Posted on October 31st, 2012 No Comments

Monday, an early morning house fire, possibly caused by an overload on electrical wires,  left a Cape Coral home severely damaged. According to fire officials, the call was made just after 3:30 a.m. and when crews arrived at the scene, they found the home’s garage consumed by flames.

There were five occupants in the home when the fire erupted and luckily, fire crews and police officials were able to get them all out of the home and into a safe place. Within 30 minutes of their arrival, police officials were able to put the flames out. The Red Cross also responded to the fire in order to provide any assistance.

Firefighters were also able to evacuate two cats and two dogs from the home. The family’s other three cats were later found alive hiding outside of the home. When a fire inspector arrived at the home, it was decided that the fire started near the home’s garage.

The inspector found an outdoor electrical cord that was supplying power to Halloween decorations and laying under timers that were plugged into the breaker box. It is thought that a possible electrical overload sparked the fire. Officials have estimated that the fire caused nearly $150,000 in damage.

Fire officials also stated that the home’s hurricane shelter was a large issue when trying to put the fire out because it prevented them from getting into the home at multiple points of access.

The fire chief made an announcement to residents in the area in order to explain that storm shelters are not needed unless there is an immediate threat to the city.

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