A fire ripped through an cluster of Orlando apartments this past Saturday leaving numerous people, many of them children, without homes and most of their possessions. According to the Orlando Fire Department, the fire broke out at the Windsor Cove Apartments for reasons that were not initially clear, although an investigation by the state fire marshal and the Orlando Fire Rescue Department did uncover what now being treated as the most probable cause for the blaze.
Reports indicate that the flames broke out in the morning, just before 9:00, and by the time the firefighters arrived a few minutes later the flames were already chewing through the well-populated building’s roof. The fire rescue teams worked diligently and carefully and were ultimately able to fully extinguish the blaze before it completely destroyed the building or spread to any other nearby structures. Due to the quick response of the fire rescue teams, none of the individuals in the building were tremendously injured as a result of the fire, however it is believed that at least one child received treatment at the apartment complex for damage done by inhaling too much smoke.
All told, 48 people were displaced after the fire inflicted tremendous damage on 12 separate units within the building. A spokesperson for the Orlando Fire Rescue Department, Ashley Papagni, told reporters that the reason behind the incident is believed to be scraps of paper that a child in one of the units was lighting on fire with a small space heater. Apparently, the child, who must have been unsupervised at the time of the incident, was enjoying themselves up until the moment when the flames began to rapidly spread.
Once the reason behind the fire was discovered, it was decided by the authorities and the child’s parents that they should be enrolled in a program specifically designed for educating children about fire-starter prevention.
At the time of this writing it is not known whether or not any of the individuals affected by the fire were able to return to their homes or if the damage done by the flames has forced them to seek longer-term shelter with the Red Cross, other family members, or friends.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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