2 transported to hospital with severe burns after house fire, officials say
Officials are treating fire as an arson
Two people were transported to a hospital as trauma alerts after suffering severe burns during a house fire, according to the Orlando Fire Department.
Firefighters said they responded to the home at 536 West Washington Street around 7 p.m. One person jumped from the second floor, according to fire officials.
The fire is considered suspicious and is being treated as an arson, authorities said.
Video recorded by a neighbor shows heavy smoke and huge flames engulfing the home.
Greg Gordon said it was a boarding home and several families lived there. He said he used to live in one of the eight rooms, but he moved out in November. He said he rushed back to the house after hearing about the fire.
"I came back over here and heard about it and I was like, 'I hope no one got hurt or anything like that,'" Gordon said.
Gordon said first responders blocked roads near the house, which isn't far from Exploria soccer stadium.
"A whole slew of firetrucks. A whole slew of firetrucks and they had the whole place roped off," he said.
The house is charred and the windows are boarded up. Yellow caution tape is still up so people don't go inside the home.
Neighbors said this is the third fire in the area over the last couple of months.
The first fire happened at the former Orlando Union Rescue Mission on West Central Blvd. in January.
Earlier this month firefighters responded to a home on West Washington Street located a couple of blocks away from the most recent fire.
Investigators haven’t released any suspect information or said they’ve made any arrests. The investigation is ongoing.
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