NAPLES — A couple and a small child escaped their burning home at 342 Lambs Mill Road here Tuesday afternoon, minutes before it was destroyed.

Naples fire Chief Chris Pond said no one was injured in the blaze that sent 70 firefighters from nine towns to the scene.

“The firefighters got worn out quickly, so it took a lot of people to get it done,” he said, referring to the heat from the flames and from the hot, humid weather that forced a constant rotation of manpower.

The fire started in the back corner of a barn, he said, and spread quickly to the attached house. The three occupants were renting the home. They were not immediately identified, he said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office had an investigator at the scene Tuesday night to help determine the cause, the chief said. The structure was a total loss, he added.

Also, the Salvation Army was there to assist the family, Pond said.

Firefighters were clearing the scene at 11:30 p.m., about seven and a half hours after the blaze was reported.


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