Graphic: Viewer video shows devastating Myakka City blaze

One person killed in early morning house fire
One person killed in early morning house fire(Lenny Cichewicz)
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT
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MYAKKA CITY Fla. (WWSB) - Fire officials are still investigating the cause into a Sunday morning house fire that killed a 65-year-old man in Myakka City.

Myakka City Fire Rescue says Raymond Hillstrand died in the 7 a.m., blaze. His wife and son were also in the house but managed to escape. They were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

Viewer Lenny Cichewicz, who spoke to ABC7 about the fire, shot video of the fire as crews arrived on the scene.

Cichewicz can be heard on video telling firefighters that the man can’t walk and no one could get to him in time.

The fire broke out at a home at the corner of Seminole Avenue and Arcadia Avenue around 7 a.m., Sunday morning.

Firefighters responded but said the flames were punching through the roof of the house when they arrived, so they had to fight the fire defensively and couldn’t make entry until later in the morning.

This fire investigation is open and ongoing and no additional details are available at this time, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

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