NORTH PORT — Two women and a dog were rescued by a neighbor from a home whose back porch caught fire Monday night, authorities said.
According to North Port Fire Marshal Michael Frantz, firefighters were called to the house at 5417 Talbrook Road at 8:40 p.m. and arrived to find heavy smoke coming predominantly from the rear porch, and all the residents out of the home. A neighbor had helped get the two women — one who was reportedly wheelchair-bound — and the dog out of the house. First responders flushed the neighbor’s eyes with water due to the smoke, but no one was hurt. The women were not identified. The fire was extinguished within minutes, the fire marshal said. The majority of the damage was confined to the porch. Three firetrucks, two rescue units, a battalion chief and safety officer responded. The cause of the fire was not known late Monday. The state fire marshal was notified and Red Cross was called out to assist, authorities said.
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