Senior apartment complex in Orlando evacuated after AC unit fire

30 residents forced out of their homes

Fire damage at Hillcrest Hampton House in Orlando (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Kathy Beed, 89, was grateful she was able to walk out of her apartment after her air conditioner burned out on the 14th floor of the Hillcrest Hampton Senior Apartment Complex.

Beed said her whole apartment filled up with smoke just after midnight.

“Smoke! I couldn’t see my hands. That’s why my throat is so sore, and I went out to look for the fire thing, the switch and other people saw it and called,” Beed said.

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Multiple Orlando Fire crews rushed to the scene. They said approximately five floors were evacuated after fire alarms set off sprinklers, which caused heavy water damage to the 14th floor. About 30 residents were forced out of their homes, crews said.

Restoration crews spent hours cleaning up.

“I have a pantry room, that’s quite large, and the water was still standing in that. The rest of the apartment the water was absorbed in the carpet,” Dee Sweet said.

Sweet lives on the 14th floor as well but decided not to evacuate overnight.

“It could’ve been worse much worse. It’s just a bad inconvenience at this point,” Sweet said.

The Orlando Fire Department said no one was injured.

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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!