Fire destroys Sanford home

None injured in morning blaze
Jan. 01, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Flames completely engulfed and destroyed a home early Monday in the 2800 block of Montclair Circle, where firefighters battled a fully involved blaze for several hours.

Firefighters responded to the residence shortly after 5 a.m., but they weren't able to control the fire for nearly an hour and half, said Tramway Fire Department Chief Scott Holt. 

"We believe it had started early this morning, and it was discovered when neighbors got up for work," Holt said. "The fire had a head start, and we were battling a fully involved structure fire before we could bring it under control."

By the time volunteer firefighters arrived, the roof of the structure was already gone, said Lee County Fire Marshal Bill Rogers.

Many stayed on the scene to clean up the debris throughout the morning and continue the investigation, Holt said. 

The occupant of the home, Scott Parker, was traveling on business when the fire started, and no injuries were reported, according to Parker's family members, who live near the Parkwood subdivision home. 

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, but the cause is unknown because of the excessive damage, Holt said. 

Tramway Fire Department was the primary responding department, with Lemon Springs and Northwest Pocket departments assisting, he said.