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Body found in home damaged in morning fire

December 12, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The body of a decreased person was found after a house fire on Tuesday in Cape Coral.

At about 10 a.m., firefighters at Fire Station 10 and nearby neighbors reported hearing a loud noise, like an explosion. Crews observed smoke and flames coming from a home in the 3600 block of Northeast 12th Avenue and responded. As fire crews were responding, a second explosion was heard.

"Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the front of the building," Andrea Schuch, the spokeswoman for the Cape Coral Fire Department, said of firefighters' arrival.

Once the flames were extinguished, a search of the residence uncovered the body.

"They did find somebody in the home," she said.

According to a department press release issued late Tuesday afternoon, the occupant of the home was well known to the firefighters at Station 10. As he was in poor health and on oxygen, they often helped him around his home as needed.

Battalion Chief Parker said, "Loss of life is never easy. However, this hits particularly close to home as we lost a neighbor, someone who was well known to us."

"My deepest sympathies go out to the victim's family," stated Interim Fire Chief Ryan Lamb, "I would also like to recognize our firefighters for their professionalism, dedication, and hard work on this incident which involved someone they knew and was very personal to them."

Neighbors reported that there were a dog and a cat who also lived in the home. No signs of either have been found at this time. We are asking those in the area to keep an eye out for them. The cat is a tabby, and the dog is a black lab

The State Fire Marshal is investigating and the cause of the man's death and cause of the fire have not been determined.



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