SEFFNER, Fla. - For fifteen years Kris Morhard has called one place home. Little did he know that home would soon turn to ashes. His parents allowed him to tell us what happened.
"We heard explosions," he said.
On Saturday, Morhard's parents were not home. He was with a group of friends swimming when those noises he described drew them out of the pool.
"I opened the garage door and it was just fire everywhere," he said.
Saturday's evening sky lit up with bright orange flames as firefighters worked to put out the fire that quickly took over the Morhard home. Officials said a golf cart parked in the garage sparked the fire.
"It was batteries that were exploding. It burnt my eyes. I couldn't see anything and my throat was numb," he said.
Morahard's friend, Daniel Esparza, said the teens were going to take the golf cart for a ride. Esparza's parents also let him tell us what happened. The 13-year old said the golf cart was not running correctly and that caused them to decide to park the golf cart and go for a swim.
"When we were driving it we heard something like gunshots, like boom, boom, boom. That is why we went inside the house. We were not really expecting this to happen," he said.
One day after the fire the Morhard's worked to salvage any memory for their family home.
"We are trying to clean it up. We are doing pretty good. Everyone else says we are doing good," he said.
While investigators try to figure out exactly what happened, Kris Morhard said his family will rebuild their home, the only home he has known.
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