Dog dies in house fire on Oakside Street in Lehigh Acres

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A dog was rescued after a fire destroyed a home in Lehigh Acres (CREDIT: Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District)

Lehigh Acres fire crews are responding to a fire at a home on Oakside Street.

One dog died in the fire at the home in the 120 block of Oakside Street, according to the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District.

A second dog was rescued from underneath a bed in a room at the home. A firefighter carried the dog out.

The third dog was found roaming around by a good Samaritan.

Robert Yennerell was cutting his grass when he heard an explosion in the home.

He didn’t wait for firefighters to arrive.

“Immediately I knew what would happen, so I jumped off the mower,” Yennerell said. “My wife had heard it in the house, too. I yelled at her to call 911 and then I ran over there.”

Yennerell said he started banging on the doors and windows of the home but discovered everything was locked up.

“We heard the dog barking and, at that point, we backed off because another neighbor came with a crowbar and hammer and started to pry the front door and it was just getting too dangerous. Smoke had gone into the roof,” Yennerell said. “It was billowing into edges of the roof lines.”

Amaury Garcia and Noel Figueredo broke the windows with a rock.

“We broke the window so if there was someone in there they could get out because there was a lot of smoke, you couldn’t see anything and all the alarms were going off,” Figueredo said.

When firefighters arrived, they confirmed no one was home.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.


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