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Fort Myers Beach firefighters put out fire at vacation rental

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Jan 15, 2021

Firefighters repelled a house fire at 119 Eucalyptus Court on Fort Myers Beach Friday afternoon where a family was staying for a short vacation. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

A fire that started in a bedroom spread through a vacation rental property on Eucalyptus Court in Fort Myers Beach Friday afternoon.

Fort Myers Beach firefighters were able to put out the blaze within an hour.

The fire was discovered after the mother of a family staying at the property returned around noon with two of her children from the beach.

According to the father, who did not wish to be named, the home was full of smoke and upon entering the bedroom the mother of the family found flames spreading from the closet. The Minnesota native believed the fire was electrical in nature.

The family, which included four children, were all safe.

Fort Myers Beach Executive Assistant Chief Ron Martin said about 20% of the structure was damaged. There were no injuries to any of the firefights, he said. The cause is under investigation by the fire department and state Fire Marshal.

According to the father of the family staying there, the family lost some clothes, a computer device and a video game system. They were able to save the rest of their belongings.

The family was visiting for a short vacation, he said.

Smoke and soot damage were visible from the front of the home near the doorway and windows but the house was able to be saved.

Firefighters repelled a house fire at 119 Eucalyptus Court on Fort Myers Beach Friday afternoon. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

A fire at 119 Eucalyptus Court on Fort Myers Beach Friday left extensive smoke damage and consumed some of the belongings of a family renting out the home for a vacation. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg