Intense fire starts on patio, burns down house

Intense fire starts on patio, burns down house
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POSTED: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 8:15pm

UPDATED: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 8:19pm

A couple escaped uninjured before a fire destroyed their house Sunday morning.

The fire began around 9:00 a.m. on the back patio of the home on Edgehaven Drive, which is near the intersection of Burbank Road and Bluebonnet Drive.

The St. George Fire Department responded, but needed an hour to extinguish the fire. The flames were so strong, firefighters were unable to get inside the home, so they were forced to fight them from the outside in an attempt to save neighboring homes.

A spokesman for the fire department said the cause of the fire was unknown, but neighbors told NBC33 that the fire began when a propane tank exploded.

Family and friends spent the day gathering the couple's belongings from the home.

Part of the roof collapsed, and fire investigators say the home is a total loss.

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