No injuries reported in Ocoee house fire

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced Rose Hill family.

Fire engineer/paramedic Lauren Sojo used a pet oxygen mask on one of the family dogs, which suffered from smoke inhalation.
Fire engineer/paramedic Lauren Sojo used a pet oxygen mask on one of the family dogs, which suffered from smoke inhalation.
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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

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.