Fire Reignites At Tallahassee Home [SLIDE SHOW]

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By: Lanetra Bennett
April 15, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee firefighters are called to the same for fires just nine hours apart.

Tallahassee resident Richard Paul, says, "It was like fireworks, it was like July 4th. You could hear things popping."

The popping was ammo flying.

The Tallahassee Fire Department says fire caused hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the home at 4246 Ben Boulevard to fire.

Because of the explosions, firefighters couldn't go inside when they first arrived just after 2:00 Monday morning.

Therefore, they used the ladder truck to dump gallons of water onto the fire from above.

Roofers working next door found bullet casings on top of the next door neighbor's house.

Paul says, "We had some casings, bullet casings that landed on the decking. It kind of melted the actual under laying, causing the house to leak a little bit. We took care of that."

It wasn't the first time firefighters were at this home.

Neighbors called about a fire there just hours before at around 5:00 Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters say a short in a ceiling fan sparked the flames.

Nearby resident Douglas Nelson says, "I was surprised. I didn't even know it was giong until my daughter came in and told me. I was shocked."

Paul says, "It's surprising the way it is now. The home is almost comepletely leveled."

Firefighters say the cause of the second fire is still under investigation.

The homeowner was not home at the time of the original fire. No injuries were reported.

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 15, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee firefighters were called back to 4246 Ben Boulevard hours after battling a fire at the same home.
Firefighters say a neighbor noticed the house was on fire after 2:00 am Monday morning.

Tallahassee Fire Department Spokesman Mike Bellamy says live ammunition in home started going off when firefighters arrived. He says firefighters had to use the truck ladder to fight the fire from above.

Lt. Bellamy says the house had caught fire around 5:19 Sunday afternoon. He says that fire was caused by a short in a ceiling fan.
No one was home at that time.

Firefighters say they are in the process of trying to determine the exact cause of the second fire.

Press Release: Tallahassee Fire Department
At 5:19 p.m., the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 4200 Block of Ben Boulevard. Fire crews were met with heavy fire coming from the windows of the front corner of the single-story home. Firefighters made entry and extinguished the fire in 15 minutes. One person resides in the home but was not home at the time of the fire. Neighbors called the fire in after noticing flames coming from the home. No injuries were reported and damages from the fire are estimated at $100,000. Fire investigators with the Tallahassee Fire Department determined the fire was caused by a shorted out ceiling fan.


The Tallahassee Fire Department is investigating a house fire on Sunday.

The blaze began around 5:20 p.m. in the 4000 block of Ben Blvd. Nobody was home at the time and neighbors called 911.

The fire was under control shortly after TFD's arrival. There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

WCTV will bring you more information tonight on Eyewitness News.

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