BRIGHTON — Fire destroyed a home at 540 Lake Shore Drive in Brighton yesterday.
Firefighters were called to the home around 9:15 a.m. Upon arrival, the structure was fully engulfed and the garage had collapsed, said Fire Chief Rick Hannux. He said several witnesses said they heard explosions, which were believed to be the cause, possibly gas tanks inside the garage.
The blaze is believed to have started in the attached garage and spread to the house. Hannux said the home is a total loss. The cause is unknown, but is not considered suspicious. State fire investigators also responded to the scene.
Later in the evening, around 6 p.m., the fire department was called out again after a report of "flare ups" at the structure.
The structure had cathedral ceilings and pinewood interior, which made the blaze difficult to fight. Hannux said fire got between the roof and the insulation.
David Burns, the home owner, is staying with friends. There were no injuries and the home did have insurance.
The Charleston Fire Department provided mutual-aid.