Firefighters battle flames at large two-story home

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Firefighters are working to determine what caused a fire that ripped through a two story home (KTRK)

A fire at a large two-story home in northwest Harris County could have started due to a gas leak, according to a preliminary investigation.

The flames broke out just before 2:50am this morning at a home on Tucumcari Drive at Sugar Pine Drive.

Authorities say the way the walls were blown out a gas leak is a possibility. The gas company is now on the scene and firefighters are working to get the hot spots extinguished.

Earlier this morning, the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department first responded to the blaze, attacking the flames from outside because it was too dangerous to put firefighters inside the burning home.

A neighbor told Eyewitness News he called 911 when he heard an explosion and then saw flames.

"I just heard a loud boom and after some sirens," neighbor Eddie Oregon said. "I thought somebody was being chased or somebody hit the house or something. It was a loud boom that just woke me up, shook me up."

The neighbor says he tried to get to the front of the home to make sure no one was home, but the flames, which were about 20 to 30 feet high, were so intense he had to back off.

"I hope there was nobody in there. I know there's two cars there, but I hope the neighbor wasn't in there," said Oregon.

Firefighters say the family who lives there is out of town. There are no reported injuries.

The Harris County Fire Marshal is now investigating.

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