CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) – The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a devastating fire that destroyed a Coral Springs home and came dangerously close to neighboring houses.
According to Coral Springs Fire Captain Mike Moser, the fire broke out at the home, located at 4931 NW 58th Terrace, shortly before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Neighbors who called 911 said flames were visible from outside of the home.
“I was lying down to go to sleep and the dog was barking. The neighbor said the house next door was on fire and there was large flames coming out of the garage area. It was unbelievable. Then it just started to spread,” explained neighbor Arnold Stahl. “It was a night of terror on the coldest night of the year. Who knows what could have happened. Thank God no one was living there.”
When firefighters arrived, the single-family home was fully engulfed in flames. They quickly realized that neighboring homes were in danger so they concentrated on protecting those homes while also extinguishing the main fire.
“The first thing I saw was giant flames,” said neighbor Samuel Swope. “The whole entire house was on fire. It was really intense. The roof caved in.”
Neighbors said the house was being renovated and the new owners weren’t expected to move in for a few weeks.
“Nobody is living there yet but the workers have been there for two weeks,” said Stahl.
It took about 25 firefighters about half an hour to battle the blaze and get the flames under control.
“The flames were coming out the roof and by the time they had started to extinguish the fire, the flames were five stories high, about 50 feet in the air,” said neighbor Charles Swope.
The house was a total loss.
Moser said nobody was home at the time of the fire and nobody was injured.
In addition to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Coral Springs Fire Department and Police Department are also investigating the cause of the blaze.
The owner of the home did stop by Wednesday morning to look at the damage but he didn’t stop to talk to reporters.