Fire severely damages Key Largo homes
KEY LARGO, Fla. (WSVN) -- Flames ripped through several homes in a Key Largo neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.
Investigators said the blaze started in an unoccupied home around 2:30 p.m. and then spread to a neighboring home. "It was a huge fire. After we saw it, it got another house and then a trailer in front and then it got another trailer," said neighbor Gabriella Batista.
The two houses are now a total loss. The fire also ended up affecting and damaging three other houses nearby at 711 Garden State Lane in Key Largo. "I turned the corner and made it up by the stop sign and saw this tremendous amount of smoke, just praying that it wasn't our place," said Steve Acton. "We're just a couple of houses down from it."
A resident in a neighboring house tried to put out the fire on his own but was unsuccessful. "I knew the folks that owned that place, and I just put myself in their place, thinking, my God, if that were my place going up, it would just totally destroy me," said Acton.
Miami-Dade County dispatched several fire rescue units to help fight the fire. According to officials, with 70 firefighters on scene it took up to 40 minutes to get the fire under control.
Islamorada Fire Chief William A. Wagner, III said, "We don't have a hydrant system over here. So we draft water, pull it directly out of a canal. And on this case we had to do that over 2,000 feet away. It takes special training and a lot of man power to do that."
Firefighters said the blaze broke out in a two-story home, but the cause remains unknown.
There are no reported injuries.
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