ORANGE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE
Police investigating after one person shot at Orlando apartment complex
ORLANDO, Fla. — Police are investigating a shooting at an Orlando apartment complex early Tuesday morning. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Read: Orange County Fire Rescue knock down fire at Agape Assembly Baptist ChurchInvestigators say officers were called to the Indigo West apartments just after 4:00 a.m. for reports of shots being fired. Read: Lost hiker ignored rescuers’ phone calls because number was unrecognized, Colorado officials sayWhen police arrived at the complex they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Read: Seniors urged to get COVID booster shots with cases in the 65+ age group on the riseInvestigators have not identified any suspects or what may have led to the shooting. Download the WFTV news app and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live updates on thisdeveloping story, or click here to have updates sent straight to your inbox.wftv.com
Orange County Fire Rescue battling fire at Agape Assembly Baptist Church
Carjacker in Orange County causes deadly crash on I-95 near Daytona Beach, troopers sayORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Fire Rescue is on scene of a two-alarm structure fire at Agape Assembly Baptist Church, 2425 N. Hiawassee Road. READ: 2 dead, 4 injured, including Boise officer, in Idaho mall shooting, police sayThere is heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the buildings and threatening another structure, fire officials said. Hiawassee Road is currently shut down while crews battle the fire. LIVE RADAR: Big storm system heading to Central Florida this weekUPDATE: Firefighters are getting a knock down on the fire. https://t.co/l6ZHY3j2sj — OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) October 26, 2021This is a developing story.wftv.com
Orange County Fire Rescue members give update on lawsuit challenging vaccine mandate
ORLANDO, Fla. — First responders with Orange County Fire Rescue, along with their attorney, gave an update Sunday on their lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates in the county. Orange County firefighters were joined by Attorney Rachel Rodriguez to discuss the lawsuit and how vaccine mandates have impacted them. WATCH: State of Florida joins firefighter lawsuit against Orange County over vaccine mandateRodriguez said the legal challenge was filed on Oct. 1 and the case has been assigned to Judge Jeffrey L. Ashton in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County. Rodriguez said the lawsuit was filed in response to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, after he issued mandates for COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in July by calling a state of emergency in the county. WATCH: Orange County battalion chief fired for failing to enforce vaccine mandate“This mandate is against their Florida constitutional fundamental rights, including the right to privacy,” Rodriguez said.wftv.com
‘Bring it on’: Mayor Demings says he will ‘aggressively defend’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate in court
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Gov. A former Orange County Fire Rescue battalion chief was fired on Tuesday after refusing to give reprimands to firefighters for not following the vaccine mandate. In the meantime, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said his mandate is meant to keep everyone safe from the virus. READ: State of Florida joins firefighter lawsuit against Orange County over vaccine mandate“We will aggressively defend our right to protect our citizens,” Demings said. READ: Mayor says Orange County will ‘aggressively defend’ vaccine mandate in court after firefighter firedThe exact dates of the special session are not known yet, however, lawmakers are scheduled to be in Tallahassee for committee meetings the weeks of Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Nov. 29.wftv.com
Orange County battalion chief to be fired for failing to enforce vaccine mandate protocol
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County Fire Rescue battalion chief is set to lose his job after failing to write up employees who did not comply with the county’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Documents show Battalion Chief Steven Davis was supposed to write people up who did not follow the mandate starting Oct. 5. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<When that didn’t happen, the department said Davis was disobeying a direct order from his supervisors under the county mandate. READ: Orange County to discipline unvaccinated employees over COVID-19 vaccine mandateHe was relieved of duty. WATCH: Orange County mayor: Employees who don’t comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandate won’t be firedStay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for developments on this breaking news story.wftv.com
Dozens of Orange County firefighters file lawsuit over vaccine mandate
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Forty-three employees with Orange County Fire Rescue filed a lawsuit Friday morning, suing the county over its vaccine mandate, documents show. Jason Wheat, a firefighter listed as one of the plaintiffs, spoke with News 6 on Sept. 23 about the county mandate. Those who received a vaccine after Aug. 31 but on or before Sept. 30 would receive one day of personal leave. On Sept. 23, Demings said firefighters who do not comply with the mandate will not face termination but will instead receive a written reprimand. READ: Firefighters refusing COVID-19 shots express worry about keeping their jobs“There were discussions with the International Association of Firefighters regarding the vaccine mandate.wftv.com
Orange County firefighters plan to take mayor to court over vaccination requirement
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — About 45% of Orange County Fire Rescue remains unvaccinated and will likely be disciplined Thursday. County Mayor Jerry Demings said they won’t be fired when the deadline hits but instead be given a written reprimand. READ: Firefighters refusing COVID-19 shots express worry about keeping their jobsBut some firefighters plan to take him to court. At the county commission meeting Tuesday, several firefighters hoped to gain commissioners’ support against the mandate. READ: Firefighters protest against Orange County vaccine mandateOn Monday, Demings received a letter stating the county issued the vaccine requirement without legal authority, and that the requirement directly infringes upon firefighters’ constitutional rights in the state of Florida.wftv.com
State Fire Marshal investigating early morning fire in Orange County
State Fire Marshal investigating early morning fire in Orange County Several businesses were damaged after an early morning fire in Orange county. (WFTV)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Several businesses were damaged after an early morning fire in Orange County. Orange County Fire Rescue said it responded to reports of a fire off Kirkman Road, just before 3 a.m. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 State Fire Marshal investigating early morning fire in Orange County Several businesses were damaged after an early morning fire in Orange county. (WFTV)READ: Orange County mayor extends state of emergencyWhen crews arrived on the scene, they saw heavy smoke coming from the back of a business.wftv.com
Firefighters battle house fire in Mount Dora
MOUNT DORA, Fla. — Firefighters are battling a house fire in Mount Dora. Just after 3 a.m., Orange County Fire Rescue was called to a home on Clayton Street due to the flames. Video from the scene shows flames and smoke shooting out of the roof. It is not known if anyone was hurt in the blaze. Check back and watch Eyewitness News for live updates.wftv.com
Orange County Fire Rescue’s budget includes 4 new fire stations, training facility
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Many people who move into the Horizons West area come for more space and less congestion. Orange County Fire Rescue is working to keep up with the growth. In next year’s proposed budget, it’s asking the county to fund four new fire stations and a fire-training facility. A third new fire station is planned for east Orange County, on North Bonneville Road. “And I will too, knowing that that’s part of my job to make sure that’s coming.”With the approval of the budget, they’ll also be able to build a new 37-acre fire-training facility in east Orange County.wftv.com
Firefighters: 11 people, including 9 juveniles, transported after overdoses at behavioral center
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Eleven people, including nine juveniles and two adults, were rushed to the hospital on Sunday evening from a behavioral center in Orange County after possible overdoses, firefighters said. Orange County Fire Rescue confirmed all the patients were found at the Central Florida Behavioral Center on Central Florida Parkway. Units took the girl to the hospital and were then called back to assist 10 more people, officials said. READ: Gunman at large after Titusville man shot, killed early Saturday, police sayFirefighters said all patients had varying symptoms, and it’s unclear if the overdoses are connected. READ: Riding lawn mower incident leads to deadly shooting in Lake County, deputies sayOrange County deputies are investigating what caused the overdoses.wftv.com
Officials promote firework safety over Fourth of July holiday
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla — With the Fourth of July right around the corner, Orange County Fire Rescue and Orlando Health have teamed up to help keep kids safe when using fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were approximately 10,000 firework-related injuries that were treated in U.S. hospitals in 2019. READ: 2 new billboards aim to help solve fatal Orange County hit-and-run crash that killed 19-year-oldMany injuries come from relatively “safe” fireworks like sparklers and fountains. In Florida, consumers can only purchase fireworks on specific holidays, Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. More information on fireworks safety can be found here.wftv.com
2 construction workers trapped in bucket truck 40 feet in the air after hitting transmission line
Construction workers trapped in bucket truck Two construction workers trapped in bucket truck 40 feet in the air in Orange County. (Orange County Fire Rescue)ORLANDO, Fla. — Two construction workers are stuck 40 feet in the air after they hit a transmission line with their bucket truck, according to the Orange County Fire Rescue. PHOTOS: 2 construction workers trapped in bucket truck 40 feet in the airFirefighters said the line is still charged and there are wires touching the bucket. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Construction workers trapped in bucket truck Two construction workers trapped in bucket truck 40 feet in the air in Orange County. 2 construction workers hit a transmission line with their bucket truck.wftv.com
Search underway for missing 21-year-old swimmer in Winter Park
Missing swimmer A 21-year-old swimmer is missing in Lake Osceola (wftv.com)Several agencies are searching for a man who went missing Monday on Lake Osceola. The boater, a 21-year-old, went missing around 7:30 p.m. Monday evening, according to Winter Park Fire-Rescue. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/3uxuKv3lpE — Alexa Lorenzo (@ALorenzoTV) June 1, 2021Winter Park Fire-Rescue, Winter Park Police, Maitland Fire, Orange County Fire Rescue and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are all responding to the scene. “Recovery efforts are currently underway and will continue until the boater is found,” Winter Park Fire-Rescue said via Facebook. READ: Beach season kicks off in Volusia County with big Memorial Day weekend crowdsAt 7:25 p.m. Winter Park Fire-Rescue, Winter Park Police, Maitland Fire, Orange County Fire Rescue, and FWC responded to... Posted by Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department on Monday, May 31, 2021Channel 9 reporter Alexa Lorenzo is at the scene gathering details.wftv.com
Rescue units continue to search for missing paddle boarder, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County sheriff deputies and Orange County Fire Rescue are searching for a missing paddle boarder, who went missing in Lake Barton. Deputies responded to the 5300 block of Brosche Road around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. They’re searching the lake for a missing paddle boarder. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/kiVUsWUEEl — Ashley Edlund (@AshleyEdlund) May 29, 2021According to deputies, the paddle boarder’s friends searched for an hour and a half before calling 911. READ: Coronavirus: CDC relaxes mask-wearing guidelines for summer campsThe Orange County Sheriff’s Office helicopter as well as the Marine Unit are assisting in the search, deputies said.wftv.com
Two vehicle crash in Apopka sends person to hospital
An accident on Sunday involving two cars in Apopka sent one person to Orlando Region Medical Center, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Authorities said the crash happened at Clarcona Ocoee Road and Lakeville Road. One person in the crash was taken to Orlando Regional as a trauma alert, according to authorities. There is no word on what caused the car accident.
Multiple brush fires sending smoke into Brevard, Orange and Volusia counties
CHRISTMAS, Fla. – At least two brush fires are creating smoky conditions throughout Central Florida Thursday evening. Multiple agencies responded to a 30-acre brush fire along Samsula Drive in New Smyrna Beach Thursday evening, according to the Volusia County Professional Firefighters Association. “High Temperature index, winds and Low Relative Humidity is a recipe for brush fires tomorrow so be mindful of out door activities,” the association wrote on Facebook. To the southwest, Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the brush fire before 5 p.m. along North Fort Christmas Road. The blaze is about 4 to 5 acres with a few spot fires, according to fire rescue.
Massive fire destroys Alan Grayson’s home in Windermere
WINDERMERE, Fla. – A Windermere home owned by former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson was destroyed Tuesday morning in a fire. Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted, “All occupants are reported out safely and no injuries have been noted.”Massive fire destroys Alan Grayson’s home in WindermereGrayson’s wife, Dr. Dena Grayson, later tweeted, “Thank you for your support, friends. Grayson, a Democrat, held Florida’s District 9 congressional seat from 2009 to 2011 and 2013 to 2017. https://t.co/lryzTHbNMr — Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) March 16, 2021ACTIVE FIRE: Multiple units are battling a house fire in Windermere on Oak Park. Orange County Fire Rescue reported the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Massive fire breaks out at condemned Orange County condo complex
ORLANDO, Fla. – A large fire broke out early Tuesday at a vacant condo complex in Orange County, but the cause of the blaze is not yet known. The fire started around 3:30 a.m. at the former home of the Blossom Park condos near Orange Blossom Trail and the Beachline in Orlando. “There was a huge amount of fire when we got here,” Orange County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Martis Mack said. The condo complex has been condemned for several years. #BreakingOvernight The old Blossom Park condo complex on landstreet road is now on fire.
5 hospitalized following accident on State Road 408, authorities say
Three adults and two children were hospitalized following a crash on State Road 408 on Sunday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. The crash occurred westbound on State Road 408 between Pine Hills and Kirkman Road, authorities said. Two adults were taken on trauma alerts to Orlando Health, two children were taken to Arnold Palmer hospital and another adult was taken to Orlando Health, authorities said.
Family member arrested after 2 found dead in Orange County house fire
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested on murder charges in Puerto Rico in connection with a fatal house fire in Orange County, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Bryan Merced Pacheco, 26, was arrested on two counts of first-degree felony murder and one count of arson. [TRENDING: Florida women dress as grannies to get vaccinated | NASA sticks landing on Mars | Puppy schemes rise during pandemic]The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Minerva Rivera Gonzalez and Felix Morales died in the fire. Pacheco is the grandson of Gonzalez and the nephew of Morales and lived at the home with them, officials said. Michael Schadow, who lives in the neighborhood where the fire took place, said it’s tragic to see what happened at his neighbor’s home.
Dog alerts family of house fire near Lake Nona
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Everything inside a home near Lake Nona is destroyed after a fire broke out in the kitchen on Thursday. Firefighters with Orange County Fire Rescue said things could have been worse if it wasn’t for a four-legged hero, Prada. The one-year-old poodle is credited for alerting her parents through a security camera, while they were at work. Gonzalez said the motion alert on their indoor Ring camera went off again 30 minutes later. But her life, that’s something you can’t replace,” Gonzalez said.
Prada the dog alerts family of house fire via Ring camera
One dog in Orange County was an extra good girl Thursday when she helped save her family’s home after it caught fire, officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue said it got a call after the dog, named Prada, alerted the family through a Ring surveillance camera. No injuries reported, but this 4 legged hero, Prada, saved the day. She alerted her owners via their Ring camera that there was a problem as she was the only one in the house at the time of the fire. Good girl, Prada!
Lake Nona community supports family after fire damages home
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Community members spent their Thursday helping to salvage items inside a home in Lake Nona after a house fire. Many McIntyre said she is a friend of the family and is taking part in the effort to help the family. Neighbors said that it is a close-knit community and will do everything they can to help the couple and their two sons get back on their feet. “It’s difficult, but you know we are grateful for all the kids, they are happy, healthy and nobody was injured. This is stuff we can just replace and rebuild, so we are just really grateful,” McIntyre said.
Crews battle fire at UCF-area home
Orange County Fire Rescue crews battle a fire at a home on Huntsman Lake near the University of Central Florida. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Fire Rescue crews battled a fire Wednesday that broke out at a multi-residential home near the University of Central Florida. According to a tweet from Orange County Fire Rescue, flames broke out in the attic Wednesday afternoon at the home on Huntsman Lane. Heavy flames could be seen coming through the roof, according to fire rescue crews. Crews had knocked down the flames by 4:30 p.m. but were still working on hot spots, according to the tweet.
Woman, dog found dead in Hunter’s Creek house fire
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A person and a dog were found dead Thursday afternoon during a house fire in Hunter’s Creek, Orange County Fire Rescue said. The fire was reported at about noon on the 4600 block of Chalfont Drive. Records show once the fire was knocked down, a person was pulled from the home. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office later identified the victim as Jelena Jovik, 36. Firefighters have not said what caused the flames.
1 dead in Orange County house fire
ORLANDO, Fla. – One person was killed early Tuesday in a house fire in Orange County, officials said. The fatal fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. on Magnolia Lake Lane near Magnolia Homes Road in Lockhart. Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted that the cause of the fire is not known. Lt. Claudia Fernandez with Orange County Fire Rescue said the fire was on the left side of the home where firefighters found the deceased victim. “(The) State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire and the medical examiner is confirming the cause of death,” Fernandez said.
Orange County firefighter arrested in Texas on marijuana possession charge
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An Orange County firefighter has been relieved of duty without pay after he was arrested in Texas on a felony marijuana possession charge, records show. Orange County Fire Rescue provided documents on Tuesday showing that engineer Erik Quarterman has had a change in his work status due to the arrest in Wise County, Texas. Officials at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office have not yet been able to provide that arrest report. The firefighter is now required to call his shift supervisor each day of his regularly scheduled shift before 10 a.m. to check in. He’s also not allowed to discuss his arrest with his colleagues and he can’t visit any Orange County Fire Rescue station, facility or worksite unless his supervisor tells him to do so.
1 person injured in fire at boating company in Orange County
Orange County Fire Rescue responded to a fire at Correct Craft on Dec. 17, 2020. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Fire Rescue responded to a building fire Thursday at a boating company where one person was injured, according to officials. OCFR officials said the fire was contained to Correct Craft, Inc.One person was transported to AdventHealth East campus for treatment, fire rescue officials said. Correct Craft is a recreational boat company, according to its website. The company also specializes in marine propulsion and watersports parks, according to the site.
Pepsi plant in Orange County evacuated as hazmat crews investigate ammonia leak
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Hazmat crews are investigating an ammonia leak Tuesday morning at a Pepsi plant in Orange County. Orange County Fire Rescue was called just after 8 a.m. to the Oak Ridge plant on Directors Row. [TRENDING: Record-setting attractions coming to Orlando | Bacteria halts swan boats | Snake and eggs for breakfast]The building was evacuated before first responders arrived, according to OCFR. Authorities say hazmat teams are working to find the source of the leak and the cause. This is a developing story, so check back for more information.
1 hurt in fire that destroyed Orange County mobile home
ORLANDO, Fla. – One person was injured Friday afternoon in a mobile home fire, officials said. The fire broke out in the 7500 block of Brentwood Drive. [TRENDING: Snow tubing halted in Florida | Viral video shows youth football coach striking player | 2020 pop culture wrap]Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted that one person was inside the home and suffered burns. The victim was taken to AdventHealth Lake Nona. When crews arrived, officials said the trailer was fully engulfed in flames, which were burning through the roof and extending into a nearby wooded area.
Family of 5 safely escapes after ‘loud boom’ sparks Orange County house fire
Published: December 4, 2020, 7:56 am Updated: December 4, 2020, 8:21 amORLANDO, Fla. – Five people, including a 1-year-old and a 6-month-old, safely escaped a house fire after family members said they heard a “loud boom” before the blaze broke out. The fire broke out Friday morning at a home on Grant Street off Rio Grande Avenue. Orange County firefighters extinguished the flames. Orange County Fire Rescue said one person suffered minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Orange County Fire Rescue battalion chief fired for racist comments, department says
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An Orange County Fire Rescue battalion chief is off the job for using “racist and derogatory remarks” while on duty, according to the department. During a review of the incident, Izzo admitted that he never should have used the racial epithet, records show. He was found to have violated department conduct related to human resources, unbecoming conduct and discrimination. “Orange County Fire Rescue initiated an internal investigation after being made aware of racist and derogatory remarks Izzo made while on the job. Orange County Fire Rescue has zero tolerance for offensive conduct and is committed to holding all of our employees to the agency’s core values of duty, integrity and respect.
4 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Hunter’s Creek
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – At least one person was seriously injured and three others were hurt in a crash on South Meadow Drive Wednesday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Crews responded to the multi-vehicle crash with heavy entrapment at Town Center Boulevard and South Meadow Drive before 1p.m. Orange County Fire Rescue officials said one person was taken as a trauma alert to Orlando Regional Medical Center, one child was taken to Arnold Palmer with minor injuries and another person was taken to Osceola County Regional Hospital. Gas was leaking from the vehicles and people were asked to avoid the area. No other information was immediately available.
Worker falls to his death from StarFlyer attraction in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – A 21-year-old man fell to his death Monday morning while conducting a daily safety check on the StarFlyer attraction in Orlando tourist’s district, deputies said. | Search ongoing for gunman who shot deputies]Orange County Fire Rescue said Kaminsky was about halfway up the 450-foot ride, dubbed the world’s tallest swing ride, when he fell onto the platform. Ena Hillsman and her family from Augusta, Georgia were vacationing this week to Orlando. She planned to bring her son to ride the StarFlyer swing ride at Icon Park before learning about the tragedy. Ride officials said they’re cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and deputies in the investigation.
State Road 429 shut down in both directions following crash, authorities say
State Road 429 is shut down in both directions between Schofield Road and New Independence Parkway after a crash, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. One person was ejected from a vehicle and airlifted for a trauma alert, according to authorities. People are asked to avoid the area.
PHOTOS: Ford Mustang crushed by Publix delivery truck in SR 528 crash
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. At least one person is injured following a crash that left a car pinned underneath a Publix delivery truck, according to Orange County Fire Rescue crews. Rescue crews tweeted photos of the crash showing a black Ford Mustang that appeared to be crushed after sliding underneath the semi on westbound State Road 528 in Orange County. The front portion of the vehicle, which was wedged underneath the middle of the truck, between its front and back sets of wheels, appeared to be completely mangled in the photos. pic.twitter.com/gLPZmp9A8o OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) September 3, 2020According to Fire Rescue officials, at least one woman was rushed to a nearby hospital as a trauma alert patient. Fire Rescue officials said all westbound lanes of the Beachline were closed following the crash.
Orange County Fire Rescue responds to hazmat incident at Stanton Energy Plant
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Orange County Fire Rescue treated four patients in a hazmat incident at Stanton Energy Plant. The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to OCFR. Tim Trudell from Orlando Utilities Commission said an issue with sulfur dioxide as part of routine maintenance inside the plant. Three contract employees were taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Trudell. This is a developing story, check back for updates on Clickorlando.com.
Woman, dog evacuated from home after fire, authorities say
A woman and her dog had to be evacuated from a home after a fire, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. A possible cause of the fire was a lightning strike because the woman said she heard a loud bang and saw a bright flash, according to authorities. The home is located in the 5000 block of Barma Court. Authorities said there were no injuries and the fire was extinguished, but there was damage inside the home.
1 person hospitalized after car drives into retention pond, officials say
MAITLAND, Fla. – Multiple agencies responded to a call Saturday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a retention pond. According to officials, Orange County Fire Rescue, Seminole County Fire Department and Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department responded to a retention pond at Maitland Boulevard and Maitland Summit Boulevard. Officers said the driver was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. “Firefighters searched the pond to verify no other person was involved,” officials said. “Afterward, the divers followed standard procedures to be scrubbed down and decontaminated for their safety.”Officials did not say what caused the crash.
Car flies off I-4 in fatal Orange County crash
ORLANDO, Fla. A car flew off Interstate 4 and landed on Turkey Lake Road late Wednesday during a fatal crash in Orange County, officials said. The multi-car wreck occurred on I-4 west near Sand Lake Road. The crash blocked I-4 west for hours, but the interstate was later reopened. Orange County Fire Rescue said one person died in the crash and several others were injured. Multiple callers advised a vehicle flew off I-4, landing on Turkey Lake Road, OCFR tweeted.
Swarm of bees attack children at Jay Blanchard Park in Orange County
ORLANDO, Fla. A group of children were attacked by bees Thursday at Jay Blanchard Park in Orange County, fire officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue said about 14 children were stung, but no one suffered serious injuries. Its not known if the children were part of a youth camp. Officials are trying to contact the parents of the children. Jay Blanchard Park, in east Orange County, has been used in recent months as a coronavirus testing site.
Death investigation underway in Orange County, officials say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. A death investigation is underway Saturday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Deputies went to the 6200 block of West Colonial Drive at about 6:30 p.m.Officials said Orange County Fire Rescue personnel took the 22-year-old victim to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No suspect description was given. Officials said homicide detectives were responding. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando for updates on this story.
1 dead in Orange County crash
Published: May 19, 2020, 7:38 am Updated: May 19, 2020, 8:43 amORLANDO, Fla. One person was killed Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The fatal wreck was reported around 6:30 a.m. at Curry Ford Road and Bumby Avenue. Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted that the crash involved a car and a van. #AutoAccident with entrapment: Curry Ford Rd/S Bumby Ave. Two vehicles involved, one person trapped in a rollover, heavy damage. pic.twitter.com/0Vqdm0yzn1 OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) May 19, 2020
Orange County strip club burns in early morning hours
Orange County Fire Rescue reported a building fire at "5201 E. Colonial Drive" on their Twitter feed this morning. Sadly, the building in question appears to be 5221 E. Colonial Drive, aka Orlando institution Dancers Royale.After a 911 call reporting smoke and flames was made shortly after 6 a.m., firefighters arrived and located the fire. pic.twitter.com/bTegdmbNFP#BuildingFire | 5201 E Colonial Drive. Crews report knockdown on fire, with no reports of injuries. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Fire crews perform confined space rescue after man falls 35 feet at power plant
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County Fire Rescue crews rescued a man who fell approximately 35 feet at a power plant Tuesday morning, according to authorities. OCFR officials said they performed a confined space rescue. Initially, they said the man fell 12 feet but then later said it was a 35-foot fall. Confined space rescue: 5150 S Alafaya Trail. Technical rescue response for a worker approximately 12 feet down at the power plant.
6 students taken to hospital after school bus crash in Orange County
ORLANDO, Fla. - Six students were taken to the hospital Monday morning after a school bus crash along Millinockett Lane, according to authorities. Orange County Fire Rescue said 21 students were on board headed toward Forsyth Woods Elementary. Troopers say the car attempted to pass the bus on the left side as the bus slowed down to make a left turn. Authorities said the six students were taken to Advent Health East hospital with minor injuries. School officials said the other 15 students will be picked up by another bus and taken to school.
School bus crash causes traffic delay by Millinockett Lane
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County Fire Rescue crews were working a school bus crash along Millinockett Lane Monday morning. First responders were assessing the extent of injuries around 9:18 a.m. by Smathers Avenue. OCFR said the crash happened at 8:24 a.m. This is a developing story, check back with Clickorlando.com for more details. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Orange County emergency manager leaves his post after calling staffer a 'diva bitch'
The staffer replied to Kotch that she is not a diva. "Well," the staffer alleges Kotch said, "then you are a diva bitch. "You as a low county employee, what gives you the right to define it?" the staffer says Kotch said to her, as well as a comment about her being a "low-class employee. "When county investigators conducting the probe asked Kotch to define the word "diva" he said it meant "high maintenance."orlandoweekly.com
Student on Orange County school bus injured in crash
An Orange County school bus is involved in a crash with a car. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A student was injured Friday morning when an Orange County school bus was involved in a crash with another vehicle, officials said. According to Orange County Fire Rescue, 46 students were aboard the bus, which was heading to Lakemont Elementary School, and one of them suffered a knee injury. School bus vs car crash/female bus driver, 41, and 46 kids on the bus; Male driver of the car, also 41. Car vs. School bus.
Orange County firefighters receive medals for rescuing family
WINTER PARK, Fla. - Orange County Fire Rescue honored dozens of its own Thursday night during the department's second annual Medal Day ceremony. The event was held in an auditorium at Full Sail University in Winter Park. Lt. Joseph Spainhoward and some of his fellow firefighters were in attendance for the service and received one of the most distinguished awards for their quick actions on Jan. 4. "I will always remember this evening, and I will always remember that evening," said Spainhoward. Spainhoward said he was overwhelmed by the acknowledgment he and his fellow firefighters received for their actions that go unseen and unrecognized by the public.
Orange County firefighters rescue dog from under shed
PHOTO CREDIT: Orange County Fire RescueORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Firefighters with Orange County Fire Rescue saved a puppy Thursday night. Crews said Baxter found his way under a shed. The dog got stuck, and a crew came to the rescue. Firefighters say Baxter is safe and sound and is with his mom. The crew hopes Baxter plays around the shed and not under it from now on.
'She's just like dead': Bithlo woman says driver left two women in her driveway after overdose
BITHLO, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating Tuesday after a woman said a driver left a car running in her driveway with two women who had overdosed inside. "I don't know; a car just pulled into our driveway and the guy got out and left," Eaton told dispatchers on the 911 call. Orange County sheriff's deputies says this is why they want people to stay at the scene of potential overdose cases. "You can help us with the fire department to get this person help. According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, there have been 131 suspected overdose deaths in the county so far in 2019.
5 rushed to hospital after crash in Azalea Park
PHOTO CREDIT: OCFRORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Orange County Fire Rescue said five people were rushed to the Orlando Health Regional Medical Center after a jeep overturned on Goldenrod Road in Azalea Park. Investigators said the accident site is just north of Colonial Drive. One of the patients in the crash is in serious condition, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. The names of the victims have not been released at this time. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
'Hope it wasn't Popeyes:' Big rig hauling chicken catches fire
A tractor-trailer catches fire in the Florida Turnpike. ORLANDO, Fla. - A tractor-trailer hauling chicken caught fire Monday morning, forcing officials to close the Florida Turnpike in Orange County. The fire broke out in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near State Road 429. #UPDATE & #Photo from 6:05 am Tractor trailer fire on northbound @fl511_turnpike, north of State Road 429: 2 northbound lanes are open while crews clear the debris. Hope it wasn't @PopeyesChicken pic.twitter.com/Dl5Wink7pA OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) November 4, 2019Watch News 6 and check back to ClickOrlando.com for updates.
Man suffers traumatic injuries in Orange County industrial accident
PINECASTLE, Fla. - A 40-year-old man suffered serious injuries Monday morning when a piece of machinery fell on him in Orange County, officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue said the worker was moving a tensile strength-testing machine, used to test webbing for parachutes, with a portable forklift when it toppled over. Officials said co-workers were able to free the man, who was awake and talking when firefighters arrived. 40-year-old man sustained traumatic injuries after a piece of machinery fell on him. #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/ufu4rr8YLi OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) November 4, 2019#UPDATE Industrial accident Pinecastle Blvd./seriously injured worker was moving a tensile strength testing machine, used to test webbing for parachutes, with a portable forklift when it toppled over.
Car crashes into Orlando home, causing major damage
A car crashed into a home on Nov. 1, 2019 on Bon Air Drive. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A car crashed Friday afternoon into a home on Bon Air Drive, causing major damage, according to Orange County Fire Rescue officials. Sky 6 flew over the crash scene at 3207 Bon Air Drive where Orange County sheriffs' deputies had responded. The car impacted the front of the home, taking out a front wall. The Orange County building and permit department was called out to examine the damages, according to OCFR.
Mother, son rushed to hospital after Orange County mobile home fire
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A woman and her son were rushed to a hospital after a mobile home fire in Orange County, fire officials said. According to Orange County Fire Rescue officials, the fire broke out Thursday night in the 1800 block of East Orlando Road. Investigators said the fire started in a vehicle and spread to the nearby 1,200-square-foot trailer, where the woman and her 8-year-old son live. "The 911 caller indicated that there were fireworks inside that vehicle and that they were shooting off during that vehicle fire," said Ashley Gipson, spokeswoman for Orange County Fire Rescue. A woman and her 8-year-old son were injured in a mobile home fire in Bithlo.
Car crashes into abandoned restaurant on Old Winter Garden Road
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The driver was not injured when a Ford Mustang crashed into an abandoned restaurant Friday afternoon, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Officials said the crash happened around 2 p.m. at 6101 Old Winter Garden Road in Orlo Vista. Pictures show the rear end of the off-white convertible went through a wall of the building. The cause of the crash has not been released. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Orange County firefighters rescue couple from apartment fire
(Image: Orange County Fire Rescue)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County Fire Rescue responded Tuesday afternoon to an apartment building fire rescuing an elderly couple from a neighboring apartment. Fire rescue officials said the blaze was reported at 2:07 p.m. at 1902 Honour Road, the address listed for Condore Place Condominiums, on the first floor of the building. Firefighters broke the burglar bars on an apartment window to rescue an elderly couple from a neighboring apartment. Orange County firefighters pulled the bars off this apartment window to rescue a couple from smoke. (Image: Orange County Fire Rescue)Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Orange County battalion chief arrested on domestic violence charge
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County Fire Rescue battalion chief has been relieved of duty after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, according to the department. David Hollenbach was off duty when he was arrested by Seminole County deputies Wednesday, officials said. As she unlocked the door, Hollenbach tried to open the passenger side door -- but it was locked. Edwards told deputies Hollenbach began pulling on the door handle harder, then stood in front of the car. Edwards told deputies that Hollenbach raised his hand with the phone and told her, "You're (expletive) nothing and worthless."
Orange County battalion chief arrested on domestic violence charge
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County Fire Rescue battalion chief has been relieved of duty after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, according to the department. David Hollenbach was off duty when he was arrested by Seminole County deputies on Wednesday, officials said. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to review the circumstances of the arrest and determine Hollenbach's employment status. He will remain relieved of his duties until then. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Brush fire closes State Road 429 in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A brush fire shut down parts of State Road 429 in Wednesday afternoon, according to Orange County Fire Rescue officials. Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the brush fire around 2 p.m. The fire is about one acre in size in the wooded area between McCormick and Ocoee Apopka roads at mile marker 28. Northbound 429 is shut down. Fire Rescue officials said the road should reopen around 3 p.m.Fire rescue officials said crews have contained the fire, but are still working on hot spots.
Crews battle brush fire near Florida's Turnpike in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Crews are battling a brush fire near Florida's Turnpike in Orange County. The fire was reported Monday afternoon on the west side of the Turnpike, near Orange Blossom Trail, according to Orange County Fire Rescue officials. Smoke could be seen near the highway around 5 p.m., crews said. #BrushFire west side of @fl511_turnpike at 255 milepost (near Orange Blossom Trail). #BREAKING view on @pulsepoint @FHPOrlando pic.twitter.com/tksjWa2oSV OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) September 30, 2019Multiple units were working to control the flames.
6 hospitalized after crash in Orlando
ORLANDO - Six people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries following a crash on International Drive and Continental Gateway, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Five of the patients were taken to Phillips Hospital and the other was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, authorities said. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Drivers asked to avoid area after crash on Semoran Boulevard in Orange County
At least two vehicles are involved in a crash on Semoran Boulevard in Orange County. (Image: Orange County Fire Rescue)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Officials are asking drivers to avoid an area of Orange County following a serious crash involving at least two vehicles. Orange County Fire Rescue officials said the crash took place shortly before 4 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Semoran and Royal Pine boulevards, north of Colonial Drive. Avoid southbound Semoran in the area for the next few hours. pic.twitter.com/e7LQ4ltDY1 OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) September 27, 2019In the tweet, crews asked drivers to avoid southbound Semoran Boulevard for the next few hours.
12-year-old honored at Orange County Fire Rescue 343 Hero Challenge
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Over 100 athletes in full firefighter gear took part in the 343 Hero Challenge, hosted by Orange County Fire Rescue for the seven year in a row. The event Saturday morning beginning with an emotional ceremony to honor the 343 firefighters and policemen and women who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks 18 years ago. "And you think, those firefighters running up those stairs, they didn't know how much time they had left. The 343 Hero Challenge benefits Orange County's 2019 United Way Campaign and the Florida Firefighter Cancer Support Network. It is organized by Orange County firefighters.
Child rushed to hospital after getting hit by car in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Fire Rescue said a child was rushed to a hospital after being hit by a car Monday night. Investigators said the incident happened in the 4800 block of West Colonial Drive. Florida Highway Patrol said the child got away from his grandfather by accident. Troopers said the driver who hit the child remained at the scene. The child is OK, FHP said the kid was transported to the hospital as a precaution.
SUV catches fire after hitting school bus on Dr. Phillips Boulevard
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An SUV hit a school bus then caught fire Thursday afternoon on Dr. Phillips Boulevard, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. No students were injured but the driver of the SUV was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Dr. Phillips Boulevard and Conroy Windermere Road. Sky 6 video from the scene showed an SUV with extensive front end damage. The footage didn't show any damage to the school bus.
Orange County Fire needs votes on CBS' new Lip Sync to the Rescue'
Remember when Orange County Fire Rescue participated in the viral Lip Sync Challenge in 2018? Well, the video caught the attention of people worldwide and has landed the Central Florida fire department in the top 30 lip sync videos to be featured on CBS' new show. "Lip Sync to the Rescue" airs Monday, Sept. 9 on News 6 WKMG with Cedric the Entertainer as the host as well as a surprise feature from Luke Bryan. The show is described as an "interactive countdown" where viewers will vote via Twitter for their favorite first responders lip sync challenge video. If you want to see your local fire department win, be sure to tune in and vote on Twitter Monday.
Orange County Fire Rescue knocking on 7,000 doors Monday, warn residents ahead of Hurricane Dorian
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - In pairs, 23 teams with Orange County Fire Rescue spent their Labor Day knocking on doors in 34 mobile home parks on the east side of the county. Crews aimed to knock on 7,000 doors to let residents in vulnerable homes that Orange County has resources for them if at any point ahead of Hurricane Dorian they want to evacuate. "Because the storm is coming from the coast and that this will be the area that might [experience] sustained winds and rain," said Verna Watson, with OCFR. "You have so many homes that are vulnerable to sustained winds, so we want to make sure they are aware that they might not be in the safest place." "Then we went to all the mobile home parks in the county," Watson said.
Firefighters offer tips to stay safe before, during and after the Hurricane Dorian
News 6 teamed up with Orange County Fire Rescue Thursday for tips on how to prepare for the potential power outages and downed tree limbs that could happen when Hurricane Dorian makes landfall. The most important tip they have is to make sure you prepare now, not later. Fire rescue crews recommend you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home to alert you if CO does somehow end up in your home. Symptoms of CO poisoning include feeling tired, dizzy, feeling flu-like, nausea and having red lips and red skin. Fire rescue crews also have life pack belts with CO monitors that can alert crews if high levels of carbon monoxide are in an area when responding to a call.
Drivers need rescuing after rain causes flooding in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County Fire Rescue helped drivers Wednesday afternoon who became stranded due to flooding near Englewood Park. Engine 81 responded to Ensenada Drive and El Prado Avenue, where heavy rain created flooding, fire rescue officials said. Due to the flooding, residents who live in the Rio Pinar neighborhood parked their cars and walked home. A significant weather advisory was in effect for Orange County until 3:35 p.m. Torrential rain, gusty winds and frequent lightning led to flooding east of Orlando. He also encouraged drivers to stay off the roads if they don't feel comfortable driving in wet weather.
911 calls released after 1-year-old nearly drowns in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - A 1-year-old boy was resuscitated after almost drowning at a home in Orlando in Orange County. First responders with Orange County Fire Rescue said the boy was revived by family and neighbors before crews arrived at the home on Royal St. George Drive on Monday. I have..Ma'am, take a big deep breath and tell me what happened OK," a 911 operator said. Only seconds stood between a family trying to revive the toddler who nearly drowned in a backyard pool. It was an incredibly scary moment and a close call for the parents whose toddler was pulled from the pool.
4 adults, toddler injured in 2-car crash in Orange County
ORLANDO, Fla. - Five people, including a toddler, were injured Monday in a crash in Orange County, officials said. The crash was reported on eastbound Colonial Drive near Amber Road. According to Orange County Fire Rescue, a Honda Pilot and a Hyundai were involved in the crash. A man and woman in each vehicle were taken to Orlando Health and the toddler, who was riding in the Hyundai, was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital with minor to serious injuries, officials said. Details about the crash have not been released.