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Fire totals home on South Street

Fort Myers Beach home near Main Street gutted off island

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Aug 3, 2021

A quick-burning fire tore through a house on South Street in Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday afternoon, taking away the home of five people and at least two dogs.

The two-story multi-family unit near Main Street on San Carlos Island was consumed by flames and heavy smoke as part of a blaze that began around 4:15 p.m. The fire was brought under control and mostly put out within an hour.

At least two people who were living in the house were able to escape with their dogs.

One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries while escaping, Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Executive Assistant Chief Ron Martin said.

Martin said the cause is “under investigation and undetermined,” as of Wednesday afternoon. An investigation is being conducted by the Florida Fire Marshall’s Office in conjunction with the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department.

Fort Myers Beach firefighters battled a fire on Fort Myers Beach Tuesday afternoon during a heavy rainstorm that brought flooding to the area. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Firefighters battled the blaze while a swift rainstorm with high winds and heavy rain passed through Fort Myers Beach.

This story will be updated.

Fort Myers Beach firefighters were able to contain a blaze to a home on South Street within an hour, though the house was totaled. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

A fire consumed a home on South Street in Fort Myers Beach late Tuesday afternoon. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

One of the dogs saved from a fire at a South Street home Tuesday. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

One of two dogs rescued from a fire at a South Street home on San Carlos Island near Main Street Tuesday. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg