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Fire Burns Large Chevy Chase Home to Crisp

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    News4's Jackie Bensen has the latest details on a large fire seen for miles that burned a Chevy Chase home under construction to a crisp. (Published Friday, Sept. 6, 2013)

    A two-alarm fire in Chevy Chase Friday burned one home under construction to a crisp and damaged a neighboring home's roof.

    According to Montgomery County Fire officials, the fire was reported around 4:45 p.m. in the 4400 block of Leland Street at a 6,000 square-foot home under construction. 

    PHOTOS: Viewers' photos of the fire

    Additional crews from D.C. were requested as part of the two-alarm fire request and heavy flames were reportedly seen coming from the back of the home. 

    Investigators believe the blaze was fueled by a "blow torch" effect. 

    "At the back of the home were three large windows. When [they] gave way, the fire rapidly spread throughout the rest of the building," Montgomery County Deputy Fire Chief Scott Graham told News4. 

    At one point, the flames spread to the house to its left, damaging its roof and attic. A third alarm was called, but Graham said those resources were not utilized.

    "Everybody is really in shock," one neighbor said. "It was such a spectacular fire and such a spectacular house ... the hear that built up inside was so big."

    Although the fire was contained within a couple hours, crews worked into the night to put out hot spots. 

    Officials have not yet released a cause but say it is not believed to be suspicious.