Fire erupts at 4-unit property in Fort Lauderdale

1 unit damaged, authorities say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale firefighters extinguished flames Wednesday morning at a home that is split into four units.

The fire was reported about 9 a.m. at a two-story home in the 1400 block of Southeast Second Street.

Photos taken at the scene show heavy smoke inside the bottom level of the property.

"When they arrived, we had heavy black smoke coming from (inside) and the building has hurricane windows, so it was keeping everything in," Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Greg May said. "So once our crews forced the door and the fire received oxygen, it just became black smoke."

Fire Rescue officials said four units are in the home, but only one was damaged.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but investigators believe that it was an electrical issue that started in one corner of the damaged unit.

A man familiar with the property said the renter of that unit is a boat captain who is not in town and is often gone for months at a time. The home owner is also out of the country on vacation.

No injuries were reported.

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