APOPKA, Fla. – Tragedy struck an Apopka firefighter after the home he grew up in was destroyed when a fire ripped through it.
“It’s definitely hard to look at, you know because this is the house I grew up in,” Jeremias Williams said.
The home where Williams has some of his most cherished memories is now a pile of rubble and ashes.
“Initially it was kind of uh, put us at a standstill you know because as a firefighter I’m used to fighting the fire,” he said.
The 23-year-old Apopka native has been a firefighter with the Apopka fire department for more than four years. He said the night of March 31 when a fire ripped through his family’s home, he wasn’t working; it was one of his coworkers who called him.
“I just remember seeing the rubble a lot of the rubble. I remember the firefighters some of them I knew on the scene, fighting it,” he said.
At the time Jeremias didn’t know if his parents and three of his brothers were still inside.