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Roof collapses in Lake Worth house fire, explosion

SUBURBAN LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is investigating a house fire on Triphammer Road in Central Palm Beach County.

They were called about 3:05 a.m.

9-1-1 callers said they heard explosions and saw flames shooting through the roof of a home.

Firefighters arrived to find the house fully engulfed in flames.

Part of the roof collapsed.

John Pyke, who was in the house at the time of the fire, said he was awoken by an explosion and parts of the ceiling falling on him. "I woke up, I pushed the debris off and pushed my way to the front door," Pyke told the Palm Beach Post.

Unsure whether his sister was inside of the home or not, Pyke said he banged on the windows until he learned that she was safe next door. After that, he and his neighbor grabbed hoses and tried putting out the fire themselves until crews arrived.

"The fire just kept going," Pyke said. "I lost everything. My ID, my passport - everything. I don't have anything except for what I have on."

Three hours after the call firefighters were still putting water on the residence.

Debris from the explosion could be seen in front of the house.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue says an uncapped, natural gas valve inside the home leaked, and when the a/c came on, it sparked a fire.

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