Orlando firefighters hand out smoke alarms after house fire in College Park

Fire on Tuesday left man seriously injured

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Fire District Chief Harvey Jones, along with fire crews, knocked on doors Wednesday on Arthur Street to make sure residents had working smoke detectors.

It comes just two days after a devastating house fire in College Park left a man seriously injured.

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“Right now, if you look at the house in the front, on the right side of the residence, there is a makeshift garage that was totally engulfed, the fire went through the roof,” Jones said.

Jones said it’s not clear yet whether the home had a working smoke alarm at the time of the fire, which is why the Orlando Fire Department felt it was important to check on other residents.

“It’s very important for them to keep these smoke alarms intact, up to date (and) current because you’re going rely on them,” Jones explained.

A resident who lives on Arthur Street welcomed fire crews inside, and they were able to drill in a smoke detector in his hallway.

“If you don’t have those smoke alarms intact, ready to go, well that’s going to delay the opportunity of getting out of your residence safely,” Jones explained.

Orlando firefighters hand out free smoke alarms following house fire in College Park. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Fire officials said the cause of Monday’s house fire was deemed accidental, though an investigation is ongoing.

The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools has established a fund for the family impacted by the College Park fire. Locate and donate to the fund by clicking here.

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