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Firefighters believe lightning strike sparked Punta Gorda fire

Punta Gorda Fire
Posted at 10:49 AM, May 26, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-26 10:49:55-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Punta Gorda Fire Department confirms 6-7 acres from a possible lightning strike on Thursday.

It happened in a wooded area near 11220 Burnt Store Road.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out with the help of 10 aerial water drops released by a Charlotte County helicopter crew.

It was close to a residence in Burnt Store Meadows so homeowners were told to evacuate while crews were working to put out the fire.

No one was hurt and no homes were damaged.