A family of three is homeless today after a fire in an Orlando apartment complex ravaged their living space. At about 4:20 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 24, the Orlando Fire Department was called to the Village at Rosemont Preserve apartment complex, according to News 13 in Orlando.
Authorities have so far been unable to determine the cause of the fire, but they believe it might have started from the bedroom of the family’s apartment. While it’s unfair to accurately speculate at this time, it could have been something as simple as an improperly discarded cigarette, which is one of the leading causes of fire-related deaths.
When firefighters arrived on the scene they found flames spewing from their second-story window. Fortunately, they were able to contain and extinguish the fire in about 10 minutes, and all three of the residents made it our safely.
One family member was treated for smoke inhalation, but officials expect everyone to be fine, reports clickorlando.com.
In total, four apartments were forced to evacuate, but the other three escaped major damage and residents were allowed to return.
The American Red Cross is helping provide temporary relief and shelter for the displaced family.
It’s another sad reminder of the importance of smoke detectors and keeping them properly maintained. Every apartment should have at least one smoke detector, and renters should regularly check the battery life and replace the alarms every 10 years.
Apartment fires can be especially dangerous because of the limited access and close quarter living arrangements. The quick response time and efficient rescue operation by the Orlando Fire Department likely saved multiple other units from suffering the same fate as the family in question.