64-Year-Old Woman Narrowly Escapes Orange County House Fire
During the very early morning of Thursday, December 26th, members of various first responder crews working within Orange County began receiving reports of a house fire at a home located along the 5800 block of Tomoka Drive. Reports from the Orange County Fire Rescue indicated that the calls began to arrive sometime around 2:00 in the morning. It is believed that the homeowner themselves was the first to notify the emergency response crews as to what was happening.
This individual, a 64-year-old woman who was inside of the home at the time when the fire first broke out, told the authorities that she was jolted awake after her bedroom filled with thick black smoke. The woman managed to climb out of her bed and make her way through the home. While attempting to escape from the building, she managed to see that the fire was mostly related to the kitchen, assisting the firefighting crews when they arrived by giving them a specific place towards which to direct their efforts.
By the time the emergency response crews reached the area, the entire kitchen was being consumed by the aggressive fire. While they battled to save the rest of the home, the woman was taken from the area to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. There, she was treated for damage due to the inhalation of smoke. The current condition of this individual is not known.
While the condition of most of the house remains unclear, the pictures from the scene show that the kitchen was completely destroyed. Blackened walls, countertops reduced to ash, and charred rafters begin to show the level of devastation caused by the fire.
After extinguishing the blaze, investigators were able to enter the building and began pinpointing the cause of the fire itself. Their reports suggest that the fire was clearly caused by an electrical malfunction within the kitchen. While helpful, this does not indicate whether or not this malfunction was due to bad wiring within the home or the faultiness of one or another of the appliances within the building. It is believed that the incident remains under investigation.
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.