PORT RICHEY (CBSMiami/AP) — A well-known Florida ocean attraction is no more.READ MORE: Situation At Matheson Hammock Park In Miami-Dade Heats Up
The American flag stilt house off Florida’s coast was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike.
The often photographed home that attracted scores of boaters burned Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico off the Pasco County shore.READ MORE: CVS, NAACP Team Up To Get COVID Vaccines To People Of Color In South Florida
Pasco County used remote pumps and a fireboat to try to save the home, but reported the structure was a total loss. The department said lightning caused the fire.
The home was known for having the American flag painted on two sides of the structure.MORE NEWS: Eye On Earth: 'One Of The Most Peaceful Places In South Florida': Wakodahatchee Wetlands
It was also featured on the website of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism agency.