TAVARES, Fla. -- Duane Siebert says he was called late Monday night by his alarm company. Siebert owns the building at 39-22 Caterra Court.
"All of these guys, all of us are in the same boat. There's a produce place here, a basket maker here," said Siebert. "Usually there's false alarms, there's a train track that goes in back of it"
But that was not the case this time.
"I went into our bathroom and there was this glow, a sick orange glow in the sky through our bathroom windows, and I said something's wrong," Siebert said.
Siebert lives 2-3 miles away, so does Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith.
"My wife called me and said you better come up here, we looked out our back windows, and we could see the glow coming over the trees and it was pulsating like fireworks, and that's exactly what it looked like," said Keith. "It looked like fireworks but on the other side of the trees."
Siebert said, "for hours it was constant, just explosion after explosion after explosion, it sounded like the best 4th of July. I don't mean this in a funny way but, it sounded like the best fourth of july you've ever seen."
Siebert's company Toner Refill Kits dot com has been in the building for about 5 years -- it's a mainly online business, but he needed an office space.
"They made us make this building out of fire retardant material, not supposedly because of this, but just because thats how you're supposed to construct buildings these days, and we thought it was going over board, I can't say enough about that now," Siebert said.
Siebert says the building is just fine, just with a few more skylights from propane tanks flying through the ceiling.
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