House destroyed in early morning fire in Punta Gorda

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Updated: September 3, 2015

Paul Mahung reporting…

“The owner of the house Meredith Martinez Augustine escaped uninjured from the burning building was not able to save any of her belongings.

Meredith Augustine – Fire Victim

Last night I was asleep I don’t know what woke me up but earlier two gentlemen came to hail me and I drove them away and I thought that they went. I don’t know what woke me up the next thing I know is that my house was engulfed and they locked me in my house and they lit the house to the back and front. By the time I ran out my house was burned down and I lost everything.”

Paul Mahung – Love News

“When you say you lost everything what are some of the items that you lost?

Meredith Augustine – Fire Victim

“All my household items, and I own a bunch of properties all my property papers, my bank book, my passport everything I lost all my clothes, I only have the clothes on my back. My neighbor gave me some slippers to put on.”

Paul Mahung – Love News

“Could you estimate the loss of this fire incident?

Meredith Augustine – Fire Victim

“About $75,000 because I have a bunch of jewelry, I have a bunch of valuable stuff. From when I was 16 year old I used to work at the banana farms I raised my kids and I built my house.”

Paul Mahung – Love News

“Could you comment about what time of this morning this incident happened?

Meredith Augustine – Fire Victim

“Approximately 1am because they had a wake on the other street and I guess they came drunk.”

Paul Mahung – Love News

“ Meredith said that she is in need of assistance in whatever way possible and anyone who is willing to help can contact here at phone number 666-0215. Members of the Punta Gorda fire service responded and were able to get the fire under control to save the destruction of several nearby buildings as explained by Punta Gorda fire service substation officer Gladston Bucknor.

Gladston Bucknor _ Fire Dept

“Approximately about 2:14am this morning we received a call from an individual of a house on fire on George Price Boulevard in the middle of Punta Gorda. Upon our arrival we observed a wooden structure engulfed in flames with approximately five other wooden structures in immediate area. Our guys got into operation, we extinguished exposure to the buildings due to the fact that the wooden structure was already engulfed so we needed to maximize our resources that we had.”

Paul Mahung -Love News

The uninsured two story wooden building totally destroyed by fire was located in a close knitted are very near to the back section of Miramar Restaurant and hotel and three other small wooden structures. Police and fire service personnel continue their investigation into the cause of the fire.