A warehouse in Sanford suffered tremendous damage due to a raging fire that broke out early on Sunday morning. The Seminole County Fire Department has issued a statement that covers the currently known facts about the case, including how the fire at the warehouse located along Penn Avenue’s 5900 block was first spotted by an officer in the Sanford Police Department as they were driving along a routine patrol route close to 3:00am.
The warehouse in question is believed to be around 20,000 square feet and is owned by a company called Fatezzi Wood, a company primarily focused on manufacturing products out of fake wood. When the crews of firefighters began to arrive they found themselves facing a critical situation. Due to the combustible nature of the products held within the warehouse, the fire began to spread rapidly, emitting large and toxic plumes of smoke into the air and severely reducing the visibility of the firefighters. The number of personnel from fire departments around Seminole County (Including the Seminole County Fire Department, the Lake Mary Fire Department, the Sanford Fire Department, and the Longwood Fire Department) reached upwards of 40 individuals, giving yet another indication of just how devastating and intense this blaze actually was.
Firefighters fought the flames throughout the morning, blocking off the northern headed lanes of Ronald Reagan Boulevard. When they finished, they had managed to save about 50% of the building and its contents. Currently, the estimation for how much in damages was suffered is over $100,000.
As of this time, there are no concrete opinions on just what happened to start the fire. The Fire Assistant Chief for Seminole County, Jeff Ward, has gone on record saying that the cause of the fire is completely unknown, and that they are still unclear as to where the fire even began. Because of the lingering uncertainty, the investigation is still very much underway. It is not known whether or not they believe the fire was started on purpose or if it was an accident caused by a negligent placement of toxic chemicals and other flammable elements. As the investigation develops more details will become 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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