Orlando Firefighters Prevent Fire from Spreading

Firefighters saved a MetroWest apartment fire from getting much worse. Only two apartments were destroyed at the Island Club Apartments on South Kirkman Road. But, firefighters said, if they had not acted fast it could have been twice that many.


Most of the neighbors said they were sleeping when they heard the commotion and started banging on each other's doors to get everyone out. The fire started in a downstairs apartment and spread to the one right above it.

Orlando firefighters arrived and got right to work, managing to keep the fire from spreading to the building's attic or to the apartments next door.

Friends told Otto Narvaez the fire started in his family's apartment. He saw the flames and smoke.

"I was over there and I ran all over here thinking my little brother or my mom was in there. Me and my friend were trying to get in there just to save them and they weren't in there and that was good," Narvaez said.

It turns out no one was home when the fire started and none of the neighbors were injured, although there were two cats in the upstairs apartment that are now missing.

Copyright 2006 by wftv.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

News stories provided by third parties are not edited by "Site Publication" staff. For suggestions and comments, please click the Contact link at the bottom of this page.