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Lightning likely caused fire, massive hole in roof of 11,000 square-foot mansion in western Delray Beach

El Paraiso Place closed to and from US 441
A fire at a home on El Paraiso Place in western Delray Beach caused a large hole in the roof on June 11, 2024.
Posted at 2:21 PM, Jun 11, 2024

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A fire that crews believe was caused by lightning left a large hole in a mansion located in western Delray Beach on Tuesday.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, units were dispatched to the 10000 block of El Paraiso Place at about 12:19 p.m. WPTV crews at the scene spotted multiple firetrucks at the entrance to the Tierra Del Rey Estates South community.

Fire Rescue said the home is an approximately 11,000-square-foot multi-story house.

Callers to 911 reported seeing black smoke and flames. When crews arrived, they spotted heavy flames and smoke coming from the home.

A second alarm was later called to the scene.

A fire at a mansion on El Paraiso Place in western Delray Beach caused a large hole in the roof on June 11, 2024.

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Fire Rescue said firefighters performed a rapid search and deployed multiple hoselines, including two ladder trucks.

The fire was under control by 2:30 p.m.

Chopper 5 flew over the scene just before 3:30 p.m. and spotted the massive hole in the home's roof. Firefighters were still dousing the area with water.

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El Paraiso Place remained closed to and from U.S. 441 while firefighting operations continued.

Fire Rescue officials said no one was hurt. Investigators determined that a "probable lightning strike" started the fire.

Property records show the home was purchased for $2.2 million in 2020.