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Posted: June 14, 2018

Elderly woman dies in Orange County house fire, firefighters say


By Monique Valdes

Local | WFTV

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

An elderly woman died in a fire that broke out at an Orange County mobile home Thursday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue.

The fire broke out at about 10 a.m. at a home on the 8000 block of Charlin Parkway.

Officials said there were four other people, including three children, inside the home who were able to escape.

Firefighters were at the scene for hours sifting through debris.

“By the time I made it down the street, it was smoke at first and then there were flames, very tall flames. The house was gone in seconds,” said neighbor Lia Ramon. 

Witnesses said the structure burned fast. Nearly half od it was up in flames by the time firefighters arrived. 

“These types of occupancies have the tendency to burn quickly because of what they’re made of,” said Asst. Chief John Westmoreland of Orange County Fire Rescue. 

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A witness said a man tried to rescue the woman, who needed help getting around. 

“She (used) a walker, always,” said Jose Torres. 

Investigators said the structure is a total loss.  

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Officials have not identified the victim.


 
 
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