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Orange County Apartment Fire Started in Storage Closet

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on November 29, 2018

A massive fire inside of an apartment complex within Orange County forced many of the apartment’s residents out of the building and into the street as they watched members of the Orange County Fire Rescue service battle the flames. According to reports from the Orange County Fire Rescue service, the first reports of the incident began to reach emergency call centers at around 1:00 on the morning of Tuesday, November 20th.

It is believed that the reports were the result of a fire alarm going off within the building. The alarm alerted residents to the fire, allowing them to call 9-1-1 as well as escape from the building while the emergency fire fighting teams rushed to the area to extinguish the flames.

When the fire and rescue units arrived at the Commodore Place Apartments (which are located along Honour Road in an area of Orange County that is south of Orlando), they found the nexus of the fire to be a storage closet that was situated along the second floor of the building. This storage closet does not belong to any of the residents of the building and is instead one used by the individuals charged with providing the complex with routine maintenance and upkeep.

It is not clear what caused the fire to break out within this storage closet during the very early hours of Tuesday morning, but the flames were able to begin to consume some of the units within the structure before they were fully extinguished. It is believed that while many of those who fled from their homes after the initial call was made were ultimately able to return to their apartments, 10 people were more severely displaced as a result of the flames.

According to the Battalion Chief for the Orange County Fire Rescue, the damage done by the fire to the apartments was nothing compared to what could have happened had there not been smoke detector in place that alerted the apartment residents to the issue. As it is, numerous units sustained severe damage, but it is not believed that any injuries resulted from the blaze.


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