State Fire Marshals investigating house fire on First Street

STEVE REILLY ; Staff Writer

ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Area Fire Control District doused a house fire on First Street and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating its cause, Englewood Assistant Fire Chief Scott Lane said Wednesday.

The fire district received the call at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday for the house fire at 50 First Avenue between South McCall Road and Indiana Avenue.

A search of the house revealed no occupants and the fire was limited to a room at the right rear of the structure, Lane said.

Jean Koch, a First Avenue resident, said, “I heard all this noise and I thought, ‘What is it?’ I got up. I looked out. There were four or five fire trucks lined up with the lights flickering.

“The boy who lives there — he came back and came over to my house. He wanted a drink of water for his girlfriend,” she said.

According to Koch, the house regularly had a stream of people going in and out of it. The house was also known for its parties, Koch said.

“I don’t think there was a party when the fire happened,” Koch said.

The house is known to Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies. According to sheriff’s records, this year from March 27 to Oct. 16, the sheriff’s office lists 28 incident reports to that address for nuisance disturbances, noise, suspicious activities and other reasons.

Staff Writer Tom Chang contributed to this article


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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