A large house overlooking Scott Lake was devoured by flames Tuesday night, but the three adults and two children who lived there escaped unharmed, Polk fire officials report.

High winds hampered efforts to subdue the fire, which was reported around 10 p.m., but it was brought under control by midnight, officials said.

The residents of the 3,759-square-foot wood frame house at 1228 Lake Point Drive are being assisted by the Red Cross. Neighbors were evacuated but their houses were unharmed, officials said.

Carson Brawley, who lived in the house, told ABC Action News today that three cats are missing but the two dogs are OK. The fire may have been started in a grill that had been used earlier in the evening, the station reported.

Wow. Here are some pictures from @LakelanderMag that show the house on Scott Lake that is now destroyed. Looked beautiful. #Lkld @FOX13News

— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) May 17, 2017

Here’s all that’s left of the large waterfront home in #Lkld. Homeowner says the family was grilling when the fire started. @FOX13News

— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) May 17, 2017

What’s left of the house that caught fire last night on 1228 Lake Point Drive. @BN9

— Stephanie Claytor (@ClaytorReports) May 17, 2017

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