20-acre brush fire contained in Avalon Park, authorities say
No injuries reported, officials say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A brush fire on Wild Tamarind Boulevard is now contained, according to Orange County Fire Rescue.
Fire Rescue officials said they got the 20-acre fire under control after it threatened dozens of homes in an Avalon Park community.
"A neighbor came down and was banging on the door, saying there's a fire, you need to get out. I thought, 'Oh, my God,' so I looked up and it was right there," Alison Orth said.
Orth was able snap pictures from inside her living room. She said the flames were so close she could feel the heat on her face inside her home.
"It just took off, I mean, it was like that, it was behind the house and coming this way within minutes," Orth said.
She said she and her neighbors just sprang into action.
"There were landscaping people that were working across the street so everybody was running around turning sprinklers on in the back yards," Orth said.
Josh Cassidy was one of those landscapers. He said when he saw the dark smoke from behind the homes he just took out his hose and started spraying.
"A lot of people were freaking out, they were all going crazy, coming out hysterical and crying. I was just over here at this house cutting grass. I was pressure washing and I noticed a whole bunch of smoke coming from behind those two houses there, so I ran over there and there were flames engulfing everywhere," Cassidy said.
Emergency crews told News 6 no one was hurt in the brush fire, or evacuated.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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