The Clewiston News

Unoccupied home destroyed by fire in Clewiston

The Clewiston Fire Department (CFD) responded to two separate fires at the same residence last weekend, the second of which started more than 24 hours after the first.

At around 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, fire fighters responded to a reported structure fire at a home at the Evercane Industrial Park on Evercane Road. When fire fighters arrived, they broke through the front door at the unoccupied home and found smoke filling the entire house, according to a report released by CFD.

The fire had reportedly started in the attic, and according to the initial report, was triggered by a water-caused short circuit. Fire fighters reportedly put out the fire and cleared the scene shortly after six in the evening, but asked the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office to put a special watch on the property in case another fire sparked.

More than 24 hours later, at around 11:47 p.m. on Sept. 14, fire fighters responded to the Evercane residence once again. It is reported that insulation in the attic may have smoldered and caught fire after winds increased during the night. The fire was reportedly put out by 2:09 a.m. on Sept. 15.

Follow up investigation showed several breaker trips in the electric panel box and the fire was ruled accidental due to undetermined electrical failure, according to the report.

The report also indicates that a storm with heavy lightning occurred some hours before the first fire started, but apparently no evidence of a lightning strike to the home could be found.

The home and its contents were completely destroyed by the fire, according to the report.

The home is reportedly rented out by the homeowner to his employees when they are doing work in the area.