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Arson suspected in abandoned house fire near Lake Worth Beach

Neighbors say home vacant for months
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue battles fire to abandoned home, Dec. 29, 2022
Posted at 6:52 AM, Dec 29, 2022

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Authorities are investigating a fire at an abandoned house early Thursday near Lake Worth Beach as arson.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Fire Rescue said they are seeking video of a gray or silver four-door vehicle, possibly a Chevy Nisson or Toyota, that was seen around the home between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire started about 4:30 a.m. at a two-story house on Bonanza Drive, just off Lyons Road.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman Thomas Reyes said firefighters arrived to see flames and smoke in the windows and flames protruding from the roof.

The fire was under control within an hour, but firefighters remained at the scene throughout the morning, monitoring for any hot spots.

Firefighters inspect abandoned house that caught fire on Bonanza Drive, Dec. 29, 2022
Palm Beach County firefighters wait until sunrise to inspect an abandoned house that caught fire on Bonanza Drive in the Lake Worth area.

Firefighters said nobody was inside at the time and no injuries were reported.

Neighbors told WPTV the home had been vacant for months.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

In a Facebook post later Thursday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office wrote: "Attention neighbors, we need your help in investigating an ARSON" at the home.

They are asked to contact Detective Andy Gonzalez at GonzalezAR@pbso.org.