Firefighters battle flames at Eatonville home

Home is in 700 block of Alfred Drive

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EATONVILLE, Fla. – Orange County Fire Rescue worked to douse a fire at a home in Eatonville Tuesday afternoon.

Ashley Gipson, a spokesperson for Orange County Fire Rescue, said they received a call about around 1:50 p.m. about heavy smoke and fire in the 700 block of Alfred Drive.

According to a 911 call, a woman, who fire officials believe is a neighbor, said she was able to get three people out of the burning home before fire crews arrived.

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Firefighters said they saw heavy black smoke and flames spreading and pouring through the roof of the home upon arrival.

Gipson said they conducted a labor-intensive search of the cluttered home, finding no one else inside.

“As we state with any fire safety, (you) want to eliminate the excess of clutter not only because it makes it difficult for firefighters to search for occupants, but it could also fuel the fire depending on the material,” she said. “Advocate for minimal clutter in your home.”

Firefighters said they rotated crews due to a heat index of 93 degrees plus humidity and mopped up hot spots before leaving the scene.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

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