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Couple Dies after Windermere Home Burns to the Ground

A deadly fire broke out in the home of a couple living in Windermere on Saturday morning that left two individuals dead and the Windermere Police Department sifting through shouldering ash for answers. The fire, which began very early in the morning, was first noticed by some neighbors who saw the sky blazing orange and called the fire department. Both the Ocoee Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the scene and began to battle the blaze. Firefighters attempted to enter the home in order to ascertain whether or not anyone was currently inside, but the house was already so covered in fire that entry was impossible. Instead, the firefighters used their powerful hoses to douse the flames as much as possible before attempting, once again, to enter the structure.

The home, which was located on the 1000 block of Windermere’s Main Street, was tucked away in some trees and other dense woodland, and this contributed to making the efforts of emergency responders less successful. According to the Windermere Police Chief, Dave Ogden, when the emergency response teams were finally able to gain access to the structure they found that both the inhabitants had perished in the blaze. These individuals were the 71-year-old Ken Ward and the 69-year-old Susan Ward.

At this time, there is no news as to what exactly caused the fire, and the firefighters and Windermere Police will are still in the process of completely extinguishing the fire. Once they are certain that all the embers are fully subdued, the emergency response teams can begin to comb through the rubble in order to find what caused the fatal fire to begin in the first place.

State fire marshals have also been called in to comb through the wreckage, although it might be some time before the structure is deemed safe enough for new individuals to enter without risk the charred home’s remains collapsing upon them. While the fire was fought, a section of Main Street was closed in order for the firefighters to have uninhibited access to the building. It was opened shortly after the fire was put out.

James O. Cunningham

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