Residents of Winter Park were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of a 50-year-old man as well as six dogs after a fire consumed their house during the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 27th. The report from the Orange County Fire and Rescue indicated that the fire began at a home located at 2269 Kentucky Avenue at was first reported at 1:00 in the morning when neighbors were woken by the woman who lived in the home pounding on their door and requesting help.
The neighbors looked outside and saw that the nearby home was already being consumed by a raging fire. When the Fire Rescue team arrived, the woman told them that an individual as well as her six dogs were still trapped inside of the building. Braving the smoke and the flames, several members of the fire teams entered the building while other members began shooting jets of water at the fire in an attempt to extinguish it. The man inside was eventually found inside of a closet in a bedroom, and the rescue team then pulled him out of the crumbling building. It was not clear if any of the dogs were discovered by the rescue team.
We do know that the 50-year-old man was then rushed to Florida Hospital South, but the injuries he sustained due to the heat and the smoke were too much for him to overcome and he was declared dead shortly after arriving at the medical center. The six dogs were also never recovered.
It is believed that the couple had inhabited the house for the past four years, although the report did not indicate if they were the home’s owners of if they were renting the space from another individual or company. At the time of this writing, the specific cause of the fire has yet to be released, but in a statement from Capt. Jason Herman, an employee of the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation, it was indicated that several electrical components were discovered in a certain area of the home that may have been responsible for the entirety of the deadly blaze.
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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