• ‘Big plumes' engulfed Apopka house in fire that killed 71-year-old veteran

    By: Kelly Healey

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    APOPKA, Fla. - A man was killed Wednesday morning in an Orange County house fire, officials said.

     

    The fire happened at a home on the 100 block of Alexandria Place Drive in Apopka at about 2 a.m., fire officials said.

     

    The victim, Richard Anthony Newburn, 71, was found during the initial search of the home, investigators said.

     

    "I kind of have the same experience because a few years ago, we had the same problem with our house. We got struck by lightning and we had a house fire, so, I know what it is like to have a loss of a house," neighbor James Waye said.

     

    Waye told Channel 9 reporter Q McCray that Newburn was a veteran who let him stay at his home after Waye’s home caught fire a few years ago.

     

    “I seen the house across the street. I saw big plumes in the back that kind of encompassed his entire porch or bedroom, I am guessing. I am not sure, but it was pretty big,” said Waye.

    Neighbors said they would drive Newburn where he needed to go because he didn’t have a driver’s license.

    The Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson is working to determine the cause of the fire.

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