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MPs looking for arsonists who set Punta Gorda on fire

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MPs looking for arsonists who set Punta Gorda on fire

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A house in Punta Gorda that went up in flames on Wednesday has been declared arson by the authorities.

The fire occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 12,000 block of Green Gulf Boulevard.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s office was called to report that the back of the house was on fire.

The residents of the house were able to escape unharmed.

The house has a history of illegal burning.

“We received a warning on our computer that as soon as we replied to that address, the sheriff’s office would have to call us because they had been here several times in the backyard for illegal burns,” said Todd Dunn, Charlotte County Fire and Information Officer EMS.

The fire department said the house was a total loss.

The RV, boats, cars, and other items on the property made it difficult to get the fire under control.

“That was part of the thing that set it on fire, so not only did we try to put out the burning house, we tried some of the extra equipment in the yard,” Dunn said.

Since 2016, numerous complaints have been filed against the house to enforce the code.

The owners owe Charlotte County approximately $ 16,000 in mortgages and fines. Site inspectors have been home around 30 times since 2017. At the same time, fire and rescue workers were called 24 times.

The state firefighter said the fire that destroyed the house was not an accident.

“We won’t interfere until the firefighter detects arson because arson is a crime,” said Claudette Bennett, information officer for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The Red Cross helps the five people who live in the house. You need to look for a new place to live.

“We’re doing our best to prevent fires,” said Dunn. “Sometimes, unfortunately, as you can see behind me, the fire gets the most out of the house.”

The Charlotte County Criminal Investigations Unit is now seeking information from the public. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 to leave an anonymous lead. Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers website or by submitting a tip in the free P3Tips mobile app. A tip can earn you a cash reward of up to $ 3,000.

A Punta Gorda MP said he was deliberately set on fire. Photo credit: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office

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