3 departments battle blaze

Staff report

Last update: July 16, 2005

A large fire swept through a home near Ormond Beach on Saturday morning, destroying much of the house and almost everything inside.

Firefighters from Volusia County Fire Services arrived at the home in the 700 block of Hope Street at about 11 a.m. and found it fully engulfed in flames, Volusia County fire spokeswoman Shelley Szafraniec said.

No one was inside the one-story wood frame house when the fire broke out and no one was injured, emergency officials said. David A. and Julia D. Cheesman own and live in the home, according to Volusia County Property Appraiser's records. A woman identified by a neighbor as the owner, visibly shaken, refused to comment at the scene.

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Frustrated firefighters watch as they wait for water to arrive so they can fight a house fire in Ormond Beach.
Firefighters from Flagler County and Ormond Beach were called in to help battle the blaze, just northwest of the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport, Szafraniec said. Almost a dozen emergency vehicles lined the dirt road leading to the two-story home for several hours as the last hot spots were extinguished.

Neighbors set up coolers of ice and water in a yard across the street from the fire for parched firefighters. In addition to the heat from the blaze, firefighters battled temperatures that reached 93 degrees.

"The whole neighborhood pitched in," said one woman.

The home was gutted and a portion of the left side of the home was destroyed. The house is valued at more than$171,000, according to county records.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

-- Mark S. Luckie