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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020 2 months ago

No injuries reported in Ocoee house fire

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced Rose Hill family.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

The Ocoee Fire Department responded to a residential fire late afternoon Tuesday, March 10, in the Rose Hill subdivision.

At 5:13 p.m., the crew responded to 917 Sunny Dell Drive after reports of a home in flames and with smoke visible in an upstairs bedroom.

First arriving crews found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the residence. One occupant outside said two dogs and two cats but no people were still inside, according to a report from the fire department.

Ocoee firefighters entered the home to find heavy, black smoke pouring down to the first floor and flames coming from an upstairs bedroom, the report stated.

Firefighters worked to stop the fire while several crew members conducted a search. The two dogs were located alive and removed from the residence.

One of the dogs appeared to be lethargic and suffering from smoke inhalation, according to the release, and firefighters placed a specially designed snout-shaped oxygen mask on the dog. The report states the dog became more responsive and its condition was improving.

According to OFD, the two cats self-evacuated through an open door and the second dog did not show any signs of distress.

The Ocoee Citizens Advisory Council for the Ocoee Fire Department had purchased the specially designed pet oxygen mask to the Ocoee Fire Department.

Despite the quick response and aggressive efforts of the firefighters at the scene, the home suffered extensive damage and will require significant renovations, the release stated.

The Red Cross responded and is assisting the displaced family. No firefighters or civilians were injured. The department said the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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