Lakeland family homeless after house fire

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — Polk County Fire Rescue crews remain on the scene of a house fire in Lakeland.

It happened at 1228 Lake Point Drive around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.

A family of five was home, and was able to escape.

They tell News Channel 8 they were grilling on the back deck and a spark may have landed inside the home.

Fire crews feared the flames would spread into some nearby woods, which are incredibly dry. Thankfully, they didn’t.

The house next door was evacuated as crews worked to protect it.

Family members say everything inside is a loss.

The family dogs escaped, but three cats remain missing.

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