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Port Charlotte house catches fire, investigation underway

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A house caught fire in Port Charlotte Saturday morning, according to Charlotte Fire and EMS.

The house is located on Mineral Avenue, and officials say the fire started in the back bedroom of the house.

According to Charlotte Fire and EMS

Three fire engines, a ladder truck, an ambulance and a battalion chief responded and found heavy smoke flowing from the home.

Fire fighters found the source of the fire in the back bedroom and put the flames out with an extinguisher.

Three people were home at the time of the fire and all made it out safely after being alerted by smoke alarms.

A resident in the house admitted to lighting a candle in the walk-in closet of the bedroom where the fire was located.

Due to fire and heavy smoke damage the house is unlivable. Red Cross arrived on the scene to assist the family with aid.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating and will have the final ruling on the cause of the fire.