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Authorities investigating whether lightning strike caused sudden fire inside Oakland Park home

Lightning strike possible cause of house fire in Oakland Park
Lightning strike possible cause of house fire in Oakland Park

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A home in Oakland Park erupted into flames Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said two people were inside the home at the time of the fire but they were able to get out.

One of them, Tina Testaverde, said she and another man inside barely made it out.

“I was trying to crawl out, but the smoke was just,” she said.

The home is located on Northeast 7th Avenue near the intersection for Cypress Creek Road.

Oakland Park homeowners evacuate after sudden fire

According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, units from Oakland Park and Pompano arrived to assist in extinguishing the blaze.

Officials said they are working to confirm a report that the fire was caused by a lightning strike.

“We’re going to have our fire investigator and the state Fire Marshall look into that,” said Oakland Park Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Krivjanik.

Just before 4 p.m. authorities said the fire was under control.

No injuries have been reported, though Testaverde said her pet cats did not make it.

About the Authors:

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.