Fla. Crews Met With Explosions at House Fire

PALM BAY, Fla. --

Palm Bay fire investigators will sift through the remains of a house that was destroyed in a fire Friday night.

Fire rescue crews responded to neighbors' 911 calls around 9:30 p.m. and found the home on Peake Street fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters decided it was necessary to evacuate surrounding homes in the neighborhood after hearing a hissing propane tank.

Soon after firefighters were met with several large explosions. Neighbors told Eyewitness News the owner may have had propane tanks because a pottery kiln was used in the home.

Officials say that no one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported. Additionally, firefighters were able to limit the damage to just the one house.

"It looks like it came from the garage area, there's some pottery equipment and from what we found out there's also some glass blowing equipment in there", explained District Fire Chief Randal Richmond.

Despite their efforts, officials are declaring the home a total loss.

"It was under five minutes the whole house was gone", said neighbor Even Corley.

Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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