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UP IN FLAMES: What's left after a historic Fort Myers home caught fire

Fire burned home and other property on Third St.
Posted at 8:48 AM, Jan 12, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-12 12:21:16-05

FORT MYERS, Fla — Fire damaged a historic home on Third St. in Fort Myers Thursday night.

The Fort Myers Fire Department says a 2-story guest house in the back of the property was engulfed in flames when fire fighters got to the home.

They told Fox 4 it was built in 1905.

Fire fighters say the fire was so intense when they arrived, that they couldn't go inside and had to look through the windows to make sure no one was inside.

Third Street Fire
Fire fighters work to stop a house fire on Third St. in Fort Myers

They say the buildings were empty and no one was injured.

Fort Myers Police arrested a man named Anthony Vuolo and charged him with arson in the case.

Anthony Vuolo
Anthony Vuolo

Vuolo was in court Friday morning for his first appearance. The state attorney's office filed paperwork with the court asking that he be held in jail without bond until his trial.