On Sunday morning, just in time to ruin the holidays for scores of people, a fire erupted in the Sandpiper Apartments, located in Casselberry. The Seminole County Fire Rescue has issued a statement regarding the incident in which they discuss what is currently known as well as what is still under investigation. According to the report, the Seminole County Fire Rescue were alerted to the presence of smoke and flame around 5:45 in the morning.
They left the station immediately and arrived at the building shortly afterwards. When they piled out of the car, they saw the bright orange flames leaping from windows as well as the thick smoke billowing up into the early morning sky. All in all, fifteen separate units were dispatched and spent over thirty minutes fighting the fire, which has been defined as a two-alarm emergency.
One of the main concerns in the instance was the possibility of the fire spreading to surrounding buildings, something that many of the residents surrounding the apartment complex were fearful of as they were evacuated from their homes. Families in their pajamas stood along the roadway and watched the firefighters protect their homes. Due to the powerful smoke, even the units that were not touched by the fire itself are in need of fumigation.
The American Red Cross was fortunately on hand to take in the newly homeless and provide them with a warm place to stay and some food. While this was happening, the fire marshals started their investigation. As of this moment, there is no knowledge as to what caused the sudden blaze. Arson is always a possibility, but most of the instances such as this are caused by thoughtless actions such as leaving a stove burner on, falling asleep with lit cigarettes dangling from mouths, and tossing still-lit matches into a garbage.
Interviews with the affected Sandpiper Apartments families will be ongoing while the investigators try and piece together the series of events that led to the fire, and the Seminole County Fire Rescue will release more information to the public as it becomes available.
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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