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Updated: 05/18/2017 11:19:14AM

Arson suspected

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Tuesday's fire in Leisure Lakes consumed nearly 70 acres and came just a little too close for comfort for these homeowners. The fire is just inches from their home.

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Kyle Brower rescued his dogs, ensured his sister was safe and then gave water to firefighters and evacuees during a multi-fire wildfire in Leisure Lakes.

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A fast-moving wildfire roared through the neighborhood of Leisure Lakes Tuesday afternoon, damaging a home on Hoover Avenue and destroying two boats, two sheds, a dock and a van.

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The Florida Forest Service used a helicopter fitted with a water bucket to assist the firefighters on the ground put out a multi-acre fire in Leisure Lakes Tuesday. They also used a spotter plane.

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Plumes of smoke from the nearly 70 acre fire in Leisure Lakes could be seen as far away as Sebring on Tuesday afternoon.

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This firefighter is extinguishing the flames that engulfed a van on a property on Oregon Place. The fire caused damage to the homeowner's shed but did not damage the home.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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LAKE PLACID—A fast-moving wildfire roared through the neighborhood of Leisure Lakes Tuesday afternoon, damaging a home on Hoover Avenue and destroying two boats, two sheds, a dock and a van.

Authorities suspect arson behind the fire that scorched 70 acres, and have announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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