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'Dolphin House' catches on fire

Matlacha home had been damaged by Hurricane Irma

September 20, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

A house, tented last week following Hurricane Irma, caught fire Sunday.

The fire broke out at the residence known locally as the Dolphin House, at 4770 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha at 1:48 p.m., officials said.

"Just before 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon all Pine Island Fire units were dispatched to a structure fire in Matlacha," a release from the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Control District states.

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A home located at 4770 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha (locally known as the Dolphin House) burned Sunday afternoon.


Also responding were LCSO, Medic 28, Medic 10, LCEC and Florida Fish and Wildlife.

Flames and smoke were showing as units arrived.

"Our crew quickly contained and extinguished this fire," fire officials said in the release. "The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall. There were no injuries."

"Pine Island Road was temporarily closed for the public's safety as well as that of our firefighters," Fire Chief Mickuleit said. "We opened one lane as soon as possible to allow traffic on and off the island."



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