DAVIE (CBSMiami) — Two Davie backyards turned to ash after a fire ripped through them Saturday afternoon.

“The whole backyard was on fire then it practically jumped the fence. The shed just started melting you could see it sinking down,” said neighbor Amy Eaton. “I heard popping and crackling. I get up I see flames practically roaring out of Leonard’s backyard.”

The fire broke out just after 1:00 p.m. on SW 58th Avenue and 37th court.

The blaze burned through a fence and spread across both yards, leaving two sheds, several cars and a wave runner completely charred.

Gas cans and tanks fueled the flames which reached more than 40 feet high, climbed up a pole and left power lines dangling.

“It was a very large fire. It moved very quickly. There was a lot of plastic in the backyard, a lot of fuel in the sheds for lawn mowers and pressure cleaners, that type of thing. [Firefighters] were able to put it out quickly with water and foam,” said Chris Welling, a fire inspector for Davie Fire Rescue.

Neighbors said they used fire extinguishers to try to put out the blaze before the fire department arrived but it was too intense.

Two homes had minor damage and no one was hurt.

Residents said they feel lucky fire crews were able to knock the flames out in time.

“Considering the gas lines for all of these houses over here are only about a foot beneath the ground, I’m actually really glad they got it before it got over the gas lines and heated them up or this whole block would have exploded,” said Eaton.

Power was restored to about 10 homes. Crews are working to make more repairs

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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