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Published on June 12, 2024
Firefighters Quell Blaze at 11,000 Sq Ft Delray Beach Mansion Suspected to be Sparked by LightningSource: Facebook/Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Flames engulfed a sizable Delray Beach home early Tuesday afternoon, with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue teams responding to visible heavy smoke and flames at a property in the Tierra Del Rey Estates South community, according to a report by CBS12. The emergency call was made shortly after noon when witnesses in the area of El Paraiso Place, just off State Road 441, observed black smoke rising into the sky.

Upon their arrival, crews conducted a swift search of the 11,000 square foot home and worked to extinguish the fire using multiple hose lines and deploying a pair of ladder trucks to tackle the aggressive flame, adding challenge to the rescue efforts was an additional alarm called due to the fire's scope. WPTV coverage showed several fire engines queued at the gated entrance while firefighters battled the fire, which was eventually brought under control by 2:30 p.m.

Investigations into the cause of the fire led officials to believe that a "probable lightning strike" was the culprit behind the sudden conflagration, as stated by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The aerial assessment of the damage revealed a massive hole punctuated in the mansion's roof even while firefighters persistently doused the weakened structure with water jets, to prevent any resurgence of the fire.

Throughout the operations, El Paraiso Place was closed to traffic at its junction with U.S. 441 The closure remained to enable firefighting operations to continue unimpeded, with the residential thoroughfare transformed into a staging area for first responders, no injuries were reported from the incident, offering some solace amidst the chaos. Property records indicate that the home had been purchased for $2.2 million in 2020, a startling reminder of nature's indifferent force when juxtaposed against human-made symbols of wealth and stability.

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