Investigation underway into cause of fire at A Plus Roofing and church in Cape Coral

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You could see the massive plumes of smoke for miles when two buildings, A Plus Roofing and Calvary Connection Ministries, caught fire along SW 2nd Avenue and SW 3rd Street around 5 p.m. Monday.Cape Coral Fire Department Incident Commander Anthony Demos said 40 to 50 firefighters were called to put out the flames.”This is one of the more extensive fires I’ve seen in my career. I’ve been there over 20 years,” Demos said.He also said all the shingles and tar from A Plus Roofing only made matters worse.”Once the flames got to the roofing supplies company, the whole thing went up like a match,” Matthew Sauerland told NBC2. Sauerland called 911 when he first saw the buildings engulfed in flames. Fifteen minutes later, he could still see the smoke.”We were over the Midpoint Bridge. I had passengers in my car and I could still see the smoke coming up. It was a pretty big flame,” Sauerland said.Calvary Connection Ministries was also gutted. Angel and Tiffany Brueckner said the church has been a part of the community for years. They would donate food there often.”I hope God fixes their building and everyone’s okay. God was there to help and make sure no one was in there. And then it rained. It poured yesterday when they were spraying, so we were happy about that,” the sisters said.Investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started. The State Fire Marshall and Lee County Arson Investigation team were called in. NBC2 also saw the Cape Coral Police Department’s Forensic Unit.

You could see the massive plumes of smoke for miles when two buildings, A Plus Roofing and Calvary Connection Ministries, caught fire along SW 2nd Avenue and SW 3rd Street around 5 p.m. Monday.

Cape Coral Fire Department Incident Commander Anthony Demos said 40 to 50 firefighters were called to put out the flames.

“This is one of the more extensive fires I’ve seen in my career. I’ve been there over 20 years,” Demos said.

He also said all the shingles and tar from A Plus Roofing only made matters worse.

“Once the flames got to the roofing supplies company, the whole thing went up like a match,” Matthew Sauerland told NBC2.

Sauerland called 911 when he first saw the buildings engulfed in flames. Fifteen minutes later, he could still see the smoke.

“We were over the Midpoint Bridge. I had passengers in my car and I could still see the smoke coming up. It was a pretty big flame,” Sauerland said.

Calvary Connection Ministries was also gutted. Angel and Tiffany Brueckner said the church has been a part of the community for years. They would donate food there often.

“I hope God fixes their building and everyone’s okay. God was there to help and make sure no one was in there. And then it rained. It poured yesterday when they were spraying, so we were happy about that,” the sisters said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started. The State Fire Marshall and Lee County Arson Investigation team were called in. NBC2 also saw the Cape Coral Police Department’s Forensic Unit.

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