Deputies: 73-year-old man died in house fire after calling 911 in Venice

74-year-old man dies in fire

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A 73-year-old man has been identified after calling 911 and dying inside his home due to a house fire.

Early Friday morning around 7:00 a.m. crews responded to a fire at the 600 block of Fallbrook Drive. 74-year-old Robert Stright of Venice was later identified as the victim.

It took about 35 minutes for crews to completely put the fire out and later found Stright dead inside the home.

Jackie Kelly spoke with a neighbor who said they left their home around 7 in the morning and saw at least 18 emergency vehicles by the house. The Fire Chief told ABC7 they wanted to make sure the fire didn’t spread and everyone is safe.

Deputies say based on the information by the Florida State Fire Marshal, no suspicious activity is related to the incident. Deputies say an official cause of death will be determined and released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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