FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Crews are working to extinguish a house fire in Fort Lauderdale.
Authorities responded to several calls regarding the Flamingo Park neighborhood area around Southwest 23rd Avenue near South 13th Street at around 4 p.m., Tuesday. When they arrived, they found the back of a house engulfed in flames.
“Just after 4 o’clock this afternoon, we received numerous 911 calls for a fire in a residential house,” said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan.
Some neighbors were shocked by all the commotion.
“I just walked out and, you know, I saw trucks everywhere,” said Bonnie Aloise, a neighbor.
7Skyforce was flying over the area looking for areas that might be flooded when they saw smoke billowing from the house.
“The homeowner was home at the time of the fire, stated that she had heard some popping and out back just after the storms had passed through,” said Gollan. “When she went out back to see what was taking place, she saw the back patio was on fire. At this time, the fire is still under investigation, and thankfully there were no injuries.”
While investigators are still working to determine if the weather is to blame, those who live in the area told 7News their neighborhood was pounded by afternoon storms.
“Loud thunder,” said Aloise.
The homeowner and her cat were able to get out of the house safely, but the entire back patio is now a charred mess.
“That’s awful,” said Aloise.
The rest of the home was also left filled with smoke and water damage.
According to fire rescue, there was some severe weather that came through the area right before they got the calls. They are trying to see if maybe that has something to do with the fire.
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