Dangerous fire destroys home, jumps to brush

High winds fueling fire in Flagler County

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - Flagler County firefighters are monitoring a fire that destroyed a home and jumped into brush in Beverly Beach Sunday.

Officials said the fire started in the 3500 block of A1A as a house fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a two-story home fully engulfed with high winds fanning the flames, officials said.

"When I opened the door of course I saw it," said neighbor Lowell Bowen. "I saw smoke. There was just very little fire coming out from the bottom, but with the wind it immediately spread all the way across the house."

Because of the gusty wind conditions, officials said the flames jumped A1A into a brush area and moved towards the Intracoastal Waterway. Firefighters were able to keep the small brush fire from spreading.

They worked into the night to soak the smoldering house, which because of the high winds, has a chance of reigniting.

Firefighters will patrol the fire every few hours into Monday to make sure the house and the brush do not catch fire again.

The fire also knocked out a power pole, causing about 60 people to be without power for several hours. Power has since been restored, according to Florida Power and Light.

Officials said the Beverly Beach home was a complete loss, but the home was vacant at the time and there were no injuries. Firefighters said there was minor damage to a home next door.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause, which for now, is unknown.

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