Wilton Manors' Couple Displaced After Early Morning Fire

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David Gilmore looks at the damage to his home caused by a early morning blaze Thursday. (Joe Cavaretta, Sun Sentinel / January 31, 2013)

From our media partners Sun Sentinel:

WILTON MANORS—Nobody was injured but a couple's home is uninhabitable after an early morning fire swept from the carport to the attic Thursday, severely damaging the residence.

David Gilmore, 60, and his husband, Barry Feinstein, have made arrangements to stay with neighbors.

It was just after midnight when the couple was watching television and awaiting the arrival of out-of-town relatives who had just landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when they were startled by a series of loud booms.

"All of the sudden, there was a major boom," Gilmore said. "A few seconds late, there was another boom, I opened the door and the whole carport was on fire."

Gilmore said he made an unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the flames that overtook a Chrysler Sebring convertible parked in his carport in the 700 block of Northwest 28th Court.

"I grabbed a fire extinguisher, but that was like spitting on a torch," Gilmore said. "I grabbed a hose and was trying to wet down the roof, and I got burned on my arm and forehead."

Firefighters were quick to arrive and help salvage a few belongings, Gilmore said.

"The Fire Department was here immediately, they were great," he said. "They covered up my pool table and took great pains to be careful with my antique grandfather clock."

Neighbors from across the street and next door stood by as Gilmore handed off pieces of his art collection from the home now blocked off by yellow fire department tape. A plastic Minnie Mouse statue stood on the front porch.

"Barry's fine, Minnie's fine, but Mickey got melted," Gilmore said.

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