Scene of fire
EAST NAPLES — A Naples Manor man died in a fire contained to a small shed behind his home Thursday, East Naples fire officials said.
The 2:20 p.m. fire killed Antonio Castaneda-Rodriguez, 47, in the 5300 block of Catts Street.
Neighbors described hearing a series of explosions and screams.
Officials were investigating the fire, but it didn’t appear suspicious, said a Collier County sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Jerry Manriquez, who lives in a house behind the burned shed, said he was eating outside when he heard and saw the blaze. He didn’t know the cause.
“I think it was a machine,” Manriquez, 17, said. “The fire was being fed by other machines that kept exploding.”
Rolphendy Tanis, 14, who lives next door to Manriquez, said firefighters needed about 15 to 20 minutes to quell the blaze.
“When the firefighters showed up, the roof was on fire, and something exploded and the roof collapsed,” Tanis said.
Property records identified the homeowner as Ana Bartolo, whose relationship to Castaneda-Rodriguez was unclear.
Neighbors said they heard children scream, but none were hurt.
Margarita Ramirez, 43, who works with Bartolo at a Marco Island beachfront hotel, said Bartolo had three children living in the home.
“(Bartolo) just told my mom that she was going home from work and didn’t know why,” said Ramirez’s daughter, Edith, 17.
State fire marshals were on the scene trying to determine a cause of the fire, said East Naples fire Chief Kingman Schuldt.