Lightning strike sparks large fire at Orange County apartment complex

No one injured in blaze at Solis at Winter Park Apartments

By Jon Jankowski - Digital journalist

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Lightning sparked a fire that damaged 24 units Tuesday night at an Orange County apartment complex, officials said.

Orange County Fire Rescue said the fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. at the Solis at Winter Park Apartments in the 7500 block of Key Largo Drive.

Fire officials tweeted Wednesday that 24 units were damaged in the fire.

No one was injured.

Crews rescued a Dalmatian during the fire, and the dog was reunited with its owners.

"Lightning strikes can prompt attic fires, (which are) prime locations for fires to fester," fire officials tweeted.

EarthNetworks reported that Orange County had over 23,000 cloud-to-ground strikes in 2018. 

Officials said the Red Cross will be notified to help residents impacted by the fire.

 

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