Fire causes evacuation at Orange County apartment complex

Blaze damages 3 homes, displaces 10 residents

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dozens of residents were forced out of their homes early Tuesday morning after a storage closet caught fire at an Orange County apartment complex.

The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. at the Commodore Place Apartments on Honour Road, south of Orlando.

According to Orange County Fire Rescue, the storage closet was located on the second floor of the building and is used for maintenance workers. The apartments sustained damage, officials said.

"It definitely could have been worse if we would've checked for 10 or more minutes. Luckily, the fire alarm went off, and we had a fire engine arrive on scene." Battalion Chief David Janssen said.

Residents spent hours outside as firefighters cleaned up debris from the storage closet.

The Red Cross said it is assisting 10 people who were displaced by the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!