Family of injured worker calls on community support after deadly warehouse fire

Deputies confirmed that a third person has died

Three people are now dead and two others injured after a large fire tore through an Orange County fireworks warehouse on Thursday.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three people are now dead and two others injured after a large fire tore through an Orange County fireworks warehouse on Thursday.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims who died as 22-year-old David Gonzalez, 23-year-old Lindsey Phillips and as of Saturday, 24-year-old Landon Bourland.

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Family members of one of the two injured are looking to get results and hopefully find answers.

“It’s hard to know that something she really loved is something that hurt her,” Danielle Tallafuss said.

She said her sister-in-law Lindsey Tallafuss is currently fighting for her life.

On Saturday, Danielle Tallafuss said doctors have been bringing the family positive updates, but Lindsey Tallafuss’ condition is still serious.

This comes after a large fire caused fireworks to explode at the Magic in the Sky warehouse Thursday night in Orange County.

Danielle Tallafuss said it was Lindsey’s boyfriend, Jordan, who was with her at the time of the fire and warned the family that something was wrong.

“In the four years they’ve been dating, I’ve never gotten a direct phone call from him, so it’s obviously important that I answer that phone call,” she said.

Danielle Tallafuss added after she talked to Jordan, that’s when she and her husband dashed to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Jordan was cleared with no injuries, but Lindsey Tallafuss was not as lucky.

“She had burns to 62.5% of her body,” Danielle Tallafuss said. “When you see her in the hospital bed, you know she is covered neck down and she has a dressing over her face.”

Lindsey Tallafuss and her boyfriend, Jordan, both work at Magic in the Sky.

The company sent out a statement Saturday that reads in part:

Danielle Tallafuss said right now she needs people to understand the gravity of the situation.

“When you read the headline that says five people injured, that really doesn’t tell you the scope, you know Lindsey is fighting for her life right now,” she said. “I think we are all just anxiously awaiting the fire marshal’s report, we want to know what happened.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. At this time, the deaths are not being ruled as a homicide.

Click here to visit the GoFundMe that has been set up to help Lindsey Tallafuss and her family.

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Brian Didlake joined the News 6 team as a reporter in March 2021.