Smoky fire guts Fort Lauderdale home but four escape flames

Four people escaped a raging fire that destroyed a Fort Lauderdale house and filled the surrounding neighborhood with smoke for over an hour.

The flames started a little before 7:30 a.m. Friday in a single family home in the 1300 block of Northwest 15th Terrace, said Battalion Chief Stephen Shaw.

“[We] attacked right away, knocked the bulk of the fire down but found multiple issues with structural integrity with pieces of the ceiling and roof already caving in which caused [firefighters] to stay outside,” he said.

Neighbor Jeff Lawson, 50, smelled the smoke when he came out of his house to turn on the lawn sprinklers.

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