Fire tears through Orlando home, family makes it out safely



ORLANDO, Fla. - The fire marshal is investing the cause of a house fire in Orlando.

A 12-year-old girl first spotted the fire at a house on Merritt Park Drive near Leu Gardens Thursday night.

Firefighters said it took at least 40 minutes to put out the fire, which spread through the second floor of the home.

The fire started just before 7 in the evening.

The girl who called 911 could see the flames coming from her neighbor's house.

“A lady answered, ‘What’s your emergency?’ I go, ‘There’s a fire at my neighbor’s house,’” Molly Banks said.

Crews said the flames were aggressive and the fact that the house was made out of wood made the fire worse.

Orange County fire officials said their water hoses weren't long enough to make it to the second floor.

“If you can’t get all the way into the second floor, of course now we have to start extending lines, making it a little more difficult,” said Richard Saez with Orange County Fire Rescue.

The two people who lived in the house made it out safely.

Nine cats were also inside the home and fire crews rushed two to an emergency veterinarian.

They were still looking for seven more by 10 p.m.

Fire crews said that according to the homeowners, it appeared the flames were coming from a rug.