LAUDERHILL, Fla. – A 10-year veteran of the Lauderdale Fire Department suffered a back injury after firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire in Lauderhill on Friday afternoon.
About 15 firefighters responded to 4230 NW 74th Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. to reports of a person trapped inside the burning home.
When firefighters arrived, they saw a man who lives at the home get into his truck and drive away.
The man was found with his wife about a block from the fire. They said they returned home from a doctor appointment, saw the smoke, and left.
It took 13 units from three local agencies approximately 40 minutes to put the fire out.
"When they told us to start backing off, at that point I thought may be it was going to blow, but they had it under control pretty much," said Jonathan Bailey.
"The back of the structure, which you can probably see from the helicopters, is completely gone. It's the whole living room, back bedroom, roof is completely caved in -- it's completely destroyed," said Lauderhill Fire Rescue Lt. Jerry Gonzalez.
According to Zillow, the house is bank owned.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.