House burns down on Ponce de Leon in Clewiston

A house caught fire on Ponce de Leon early Saturday morning, claiming the life of one of the dogs inside the home, Clewiston Fire Rescue reported.

At around 3:41 a.m. on Nov. 29, the Clewiston Fire Department (CFD) responded to a call of a house on fire at 709 Ponce de Leon Ave.

When fire fighters arrived, the house was completely engulfed in flames except for the garage, according to a report released by CFD. The windows were reportedly broken out and the front door was burned off and laying on the ground inside the house. Fire fighters worked to extinguish the flames and an initial search of the burned home reportedly found no victims inside. Fire fighters reportedly found a small dog in the yard, which was turned over to Clewiston Animal Control.

When fire fighters searched the home a second time days later, they reportedly found the remains of a white dog near the doorway leading to the garage.

The State Fire Marshal responded to the scene at around 9:06 a.m. on Saturday to investigate the cause of the fire, with Clewiston Fire Marshal Travis Reese beginning his investigation of the fire on Monday morning.

According to the report, the fire appeared to begin in a bedroom at the southeast corner of the home and spread through the attic to other areas of the house. The furniture, clothing and books inside the home apparently helped the fire to spread more quickly.

The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.

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