Marco Island Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to a structure fire on Edington Place in the early morning hours of March 30. Neighbors reported the blaze after being awakened by their dog Maddie at approximately 1:11 AM, alerting them of the fire next door.
The structure engulfed in flames was a vacant building under construction.
“I’ve never witnessed a fire of that magnitude,” said Janet Watson, who made the initial 911 call to alert authorities of the blaze.
Equipment from Marco Island, Greater Naples Fire and Collier County EMS responded to the early morning call.
“When we made the turn down Palm onto Edington Place, we knew we had a significant fire on our hands,” said Battalion Chief Scott Corey, who called in additional companies from Greater Naples.
First arriving companies found the entire second floor of the large structure fully involved with heavy embers airborne and drifting to the northeast towards the home immediately to the north of the fire. Crews deployed a defensive water curtain and began protecting that structure while the city’s new aerial tower was deployed to direct water onto the fire itself.
“These guys are really professionals in what they do,” said Lee Robinson, who lives directly across the street from the home.
Apparatus was on the scene late into the next morning, applying water to hot spots as necessary. Marco Island’s Fire Marshall, along with the State Fire Marshall, were on scene the next day investigating the cause of the blaze and gathering materials for analysis at the State Fire Lab.
The owner of the residence is from Massachusetts. He expressed his appreciation for the quick response from all those who helped to bring the blaze under control, but he was disappointed that the fire will delay his family’s move to Marco Island.