On Wednesday morning, a fire caused serious damage to the home of a couple in the middle of post-Ian renovations on Mederia Lane in Estero.
Estero Fire Rescue, the San Carlos Park Fire Department and Lee County EMS responded to the scene just after 8:30 a.m. The entire house suffered major damage, especially the roof.
The couple living inside the home say it was still being renovated due to damage received during Hurricane Ian. They are currently staying in a trailer in their driveway. The trailer, fortunately, was not damaged, and nobody was injured.
The man said he had already lost everything in Ian. They finally starting buying things to replace what was lost, and now a fire took away his things all over again.
His wife Sue says the greatest frustration comes from feeling like they can’t catch a break. So many memories were lost when the fire broke out, but she’s trying to keep her spirits high.
“I don’t think words can describe what I’m feeling right now; it’s extremely overwhelming,” Sue said. “We had been making great progress inside the house since the storm, and this is just an absolute blindside for us to wake up this morning and see the house up in flames. it’s tough.”
Firefighters say they are still investigating the cause of the fire.