Fires break out at abandoned hotel, restaurant, dumpster in Orlando’s tourist district

4 rescued from former I-Drive Grand Resort & Suites

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three fires broke out overnight in Orlando’s tourist district, including a blaze at an abandoned hotel where firefighters rescued four people, officials said.

Orlando fire officials said firefighters responded late Wednesday to a two-alarm fire at I-Drive Grand Resort & Suites, which has been closed for more than two years.

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The fire was extinguished within an hour, and four people were removed from the building. The victims were treated for smoke inhalation, but no one was seriously injured, fire officials said.

A fire also broke out at the Ponderosa on I-Drive. The blaze started outside the building, but flames traveled into the building and initiated the sprinkler system, according to fire officials. The fire was quickly extinguished.

A third fire was reported in a dumpster on Visitor’s Circle. Firefighters extinguished the dumpster fire.

The cause of the fires are under investigation.

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