Firefighters battle house fire in Lauderhill

Records show homeowner waited minutes before calling 911

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. - Firefighters battled a fire that began after midnight Thursday at a house in Lauderhill.

The homeowner of the single family that lived in the house, located at 8250 NW 51st Street, said he smelled smoke at 12:25 a.m. from a bedroom and tried several time to extinguish the fire himself before calling 911.

According to Broward Sheriff's Office records, a call to 911 was made at 12:39 a.m., about 14 minutes after the homeowner had smelled smoke.

After arriving at the house at 12:45 a.m., firefighters said they were met by the homeowner who advised all three occupants from the home were outside of the house and uninjured.

When Lauderhill Fire Rescue made entry into the house, they said they encountered heavy fire conditions. The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Lauderhill Fire Marshal's Office, along with the State Fire Marshal's Office, are conducting the investigation. There were no injuries reported.

The Lauderhill Fire Department said Thursday they would like to remind everyone that every second a person delays calling 911 during a house fire, the fire may double in size.

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