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Mother, son rushed to hospital after Orange County mobile home fire

Fire started in car where fireworks were found, woman says

A woman and her son were rushed to a hospital after a mobile home fire in Orange County, fire officials said.

According to Orange County Fire Rescue officials, the fire broke out Thursday night in the 1800 block of East Orlando Road.

Investigators said the fire started in a vehicle and spread to the nearby 1,200-square-foot trailer, where the woman and her 8-year-old son live.

The trailer became fully involved, according to investigators, and has been deemed a complete loss.

Both the woman and the boy made it out of the home before fire crews arrived, officials said. The woman was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for her injuries, according to fire officials.

The boy was taken to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital as a trauma alert to be treated for burns to his hand and arm, crews said.

According to fire officials, a dog and pet iguana were also rescued from the flames.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating the incident.

The woman who lives at the home said there were fireworks in the vehicle and believes that could be why the flames spread to the home.

"The 911 caller indicated that there were fireworks inside that vehicle and that they were shooting off during that vehicle fire," said Ashley Gipson, spokeswoman for Orange County Fire Rescue.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of fire.

Gipson said the Red Cross has been notified and will be helping the family with their living means.

The family started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help pay for medical costs and everything they lost in the fire.

"It's just sad to come here they have nothing to come home to," the boy's uncle Lee Aubrey told News 6.

Aubrey said the 8-year-old had surgery Thursday night and lost three fingers.

"Other than that he's got a few little burns from the aftermath, I don't even know how it even happened," Aubrey said.

A woman and her 8-year-old son were injured in a mobile home fire in Bithlo. (Image: News 6 photojournalist James "Goose" Gosselin)

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