Pregnant Woman Narrowly Escapes House Fire in Orange County
A violent house fire that took place in Orange County nearly caused the death of a pregnant woman on the morning of Monday, February 17th. The fire, which was first reported sometime around 8:30 in the morning, began at an unknown time, but when it was noticed by residents of the home, it was too late to quickly extinguish the flames. It is not clear who alerted the Orange County Fire Department about the fire, but as soon as they received the call, numerous units were on their way to the burning home, located along Valley Drive.
When the firefighters arrived, they found that the house was indeed ablaze. As they battled it, the people living within the home could only watch as their belongings and shelter were destroyed.
According to reports, at least one person was within the building at the time of the fire. This person, the above-mentioned pregnant woman, either did not notice the fire or believed that it was under control until it was too late to escape through any of the doors. Instead, the woman was forced to flee through a bedroom window in order to escape the dangerous advance of the flames. After the firefighters and medical teams arrived, the woman was taken from the area to a nearby hospital. It is not believed that she suffered injuries threatening either her or her pregnancy.
Pictures from the scene show the destroyed rooms of the home, their walls blackened, their furniture reduced to brittle piles of ash. It is not known if the woman and the two men who also occupied the home have received any housing assistance or if they are currently in the process of trying to find temporary shelter.
At the time of this writing, the cause of the fire is being reported as accidental. Investigators have placed the nexus of the blaze inside of a porch that was converted into a bedroom. The reason behind the fire is being listed as an electrical malfunction, although it is not clear if this means that wiring was improperly installed or if some other factors led to the destructive fire.
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.