Dog recovers after Nocatee house fire

Home a charred shell after fire witnesses say started from lightning strike

Photo courtesy: St. Johns County Fire Rescue

NOCATEE, Fla. - A family was left without a home after their Nocatee home went up in flames Monday night as severe weather moved through the area.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue said no one was injured in the fire, but crews rescued a dog that was in a small closet of the Paradise Valley Drive home suffering from smoke inhalation and exposure

Firefighters were able to bring the dog, named Buster, out of the home. They gave him oxygen before and during the transport to First Coast Veterinary Emergency.

Crews received the great news Thursday that Buster has recovered from his injuries and will be returned to his family soon.

Neighbors and witnesses said they are certain a lightning strike caused the fire that gutted the home, leaving only a charred shell.

Fire Rescue said the cause is still under investigation.



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