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Christmas Tree fire adds first red bulb to CCFD wreath

By Staff | Dec 11, 2015

A Christmas tree that had been left plugged in apparently started a house fire on Wednesday.

At 12:54 p.m., Cape Coral firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 3300 block of Santa Barbara Boulevard. Noticing a car in the driveway, crews began a primary search of the home and fire attack.

Officials reported that the search was clear. There was heavy smoke within the home, but crews found and extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. Crews then began ventilation and did a second search.

No one was home at the time and no one was injured, according to officials.

Power was shut off to the house, and the American Red Cross responded to assist the residents.

Officials reported that the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by an artificial Christmas tree that had been left plugged in while the home was unoccupied.

Cape Coral Fire Inspector Michael Vecchio emphasized that the best way to prevent this type of fire is to “unplug all lights, trees, and decorations from outlets when leaving the home or going to bed.”

This fire adds the first red bulb to the wreath at Fire Station 4, at 2007 Santa Barbara Blvd.