MARCO ISLAND — A fire that started in the kitchen of a Marco Island home at about 3 p.m. left the sole occupant suffering smoke inhalation as Marco Island Fire Rescue officials arrived on the scene within minutes of receiving the call Tuesday.
Marco Fire Rescue Chief Mike Murphy reported that a 911 call was made at 3:03 p.m. reporting a fire in the kitchen at 731 Lime Terrace with flames and smoke.
The occupant was evacuating.
Marco was dispatched at 3:04 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 3:08 p.m..
Responders were able to quickly “knock down the fire.”
The victim and sole occupant of the home was treated on the scene and did not require transport to a hospital as firefighters continued to seek the source of smoke wafting out of roof vents.
“We’re pretty fortunate a crew was already on the road,” Murphy said of the relatively quick response to the structure fire.
A long fire hose spanned several blocks looking like large strands of spaghetti winding around the bend of Elk Circle onto Century Drive.
About 1,000 feet of hose was connected to the nearest hydrant.
“That’s quite a bit,” Murphy said.
He added that despite the smoke continuing to float out of the roof vents, it didn’t appear that the fire spread into the attic.
“It may be from accumulated grease in the kitchen vent,” Murphy said.
The home occupant reported to fire officials that the stove was turned off upon seeing flames and the occupant did not try to extinguish the fire before calling for help.
The occupant’s identity was not released. The investigation determined that the fire was the result of cooking and caused approximately $80,000 in damage to the kitchen and attic area.
Officials from Isles of Capri Fire Department, Marco Island Police Department and Collier County Emergency Medical Services were on the scene. East Naples Fire Rescue covered calls at the Marco fire station while Marco’s units were out on the call.
“It was extremely lucky that a City of Marco engine was within blocks of the call because their quick response time and extinguishment dramatically reduced the potential damage and/or loss of the structure,” City Public Information Coordinator Lisa Douglass stated in a prepared release Wednesday morning.
According to the Collier County Property Appraiser’s Web site Douglas Andrews owns the home at 731 Lime Terrace, but maintains a primary residence at 2181 San Marco Road. A call to the primary residence early Wednesday evening was not immediately returned.