WINTER GARDEN Fla. – A woman narrowly escaped a house fire Saturday in Winter Garden after a neighbor dodged the flames to pull the resident out, according to witnesses.
Firefighters said the fire broke out shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a home on South Lakeview Avenue.
The house was fully involved when firefighters got to the scene. Battalion Chief James Swope said it took about 20 minutes to suppress the flames.
Neighbors said they saw a woman run across the street and go into the house to take the woman who lived there out from the smoke and flames. The occupant's husband, Thomas Boscini, told Local 6 he was relieved his wife made it out safe.
Boscini said four dogs were inside and one remains missing.
Firefighters said the house is a complete loss.
"When I saw that, my heart fell. We just got a home," said Boscini. He said the couple had recently moved into the home after an extended period of being homeless.
"I'm glad they got out," said neighbor Charlotte Lease. "I'm glad. I'm sorry they lost everything but I'm glad they got out and I hope somebody will help them to get back started over again."
Swope said it appeared the fire started toward the front of the house. Lightning was not spotted in the area at the time of the fire, so Swope preliminarily ruled out that as a cause.
The State Fire Marshal's Office responded to the scene and is trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross is assisting the family.