COLLIER COUNTY — A fire erupted in a Collier County deputy’s Palm River home at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Five North Naples Fire Rescue engines remained at the home on Saddle Brook Lane as of about 4:30 p.m. although the flames appeared to be extinguished.
North Naples fire spokesman Jerry Sanford said when firemen arrived they found the fire to be inside the front of the house near the main entry. The fire was under control within about 30 minutes, he said.
No one was home at the time and there were no injuries, Sanford reported.
Collier County sheriff’s deputies surrounded a visibly upset woman sitting in the driveway across the street. She declined comment.
Deputies said the cause of the fire is not yet known but a brief thunderstorm moved over the neighborhood when the fire started. Some speculated at the scene that lightning may have caused the blaze.
Katie Ragen e-mailed the Daily News on Sunday afternoon, writing: “Hi just thought you might like to know there was a house burning that got struck by lightning during the afternoon thunderstorms today. I heard a huge boom and soon enough heard sirens coming down the road. There are many firemen outside trying to put it out.”
It was too early as of Sunday evening to determine the extent of the damage, Sanford said.