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A fire classified as arson on Friday morning caused $ 2.5 million in damage to the Family Dollar Store on Lee Boulevard.

A 911 caller reported seeing smoke emanating from a building in Block 3500 on Lee Boulevard around 1:01 a.m., officials from the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District said in a news release released Friday afternoon.

“We responded to investigate the reported fire and observed smoke from the Family Dollar at 3519 Lee Blvd.” District spokeswoman Katie Heck said. “The crews began an attack on the fire that required additional support from neighboring fire areas.”

The city of Fort Myers, South Trail and Tice fire departments dispatched crews to help fight the fire.

The fire was called around 5 a.m.

There were no injuries.

“Once it was determined that the building was safe to enter, an investigation was conducted by our firefighter and members of the Lee County Arson Task Force, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigations.” Said Heck. “The cause of the fire was arson and will remain an open investigation with the Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigations. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, no further details regarding the establishment of the arson are currently being released. “

The total loss is expected to be around $ 2.5 million.

The on-site investigation has been completed and the deal has been turned over to property management, officials said.

Investigators want to speak to anyone who has information about the fire. Call the Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-NO-ARSON. Tips can also be reported anonymously to SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. If the information is you (the “Tipster”) provided that this is helpful and leads to arrest. You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $ 3,000 – all while remaining anonymous.

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