SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - A home in Sunrise is being declared a “total loss” after it went up in flames, Monday morning.
According to Sunrise Fire Rescue, at around 10:20 a.m., a woman was able to escape her home, located at 11300 N.W. 30th Place, moments before it became engulfed by flames.
Her husband was at work at the time of the fire.
Although officials confirmed she was the only person inside at the time, the couple’s two boxer dogs were inside, as well. Unfortunately, the dogs did not survive. Fire officials said firefighters attempted to coax the boxers to exit the house, but the dogs were too afraid.
Neighbors also tried to rescue the dogs.
“Me and another fella tried to get in there,” Vinnie Aversano said, “but as soon as the door opened, it was just black smoke like you wouldn’t believe, and the heat just hit you.”
The woman inside was transported to Westside Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
Early on, firefighters said they knew the house would be a total loss. The fire was so strong, that it burnt off the entire roof of the home.
“Attempted an aggressive interior attack. The fire got some headway on us and eventually went through the complete roof,” Sunrise Fire Division Chief Jim Dixon said.
Once firefighters made sure all homeowners were safe, they focused on making sure nearby residences were not affected.
One woman who walked outside of her home to find her neighbor’s house on fire said it was a terrifying morning. “Seeing just smoke, fire everywhere, like, I didn’t know what was going on. I saw my neighbor across the street in front of my house, and I didn’t know what was going on, to be honest. It’s just a sad situation.”
Neighbors used their cell phones to capture the fire on video.
“Black smoke everywhere, just everywhere,” Shay Joseph said.
An oxygen and propane tank exploded in the home, making the fire even more dangerous, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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