• Maitland home heavily damaged in fire

    By: Kelly Healey


    MAITLAND, Fla. - A home in Maitland was heavily damaged in an early-morning fire, authorities said.


    The fire broke out at the home on Ventris Avenue at about 6 a.m.


    Homeowner Gary Rhatigian said he rents out the home.


    "So, I came up and I saw the mess, naturally, in the street. The fire trucks, the cops, the officers. There's not much else I can do but comfort the people that live there," Rhatigian said.


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    Firefighters said the blaze started in the back of the home.

    Investigators said that minutes later, a garage fire was reported in the Westside of the City in the Arbors apartment complex.

    The garage fire was quickly extinguished by a fire sprinkler system, which prevented the spread of fire to the attached occupied building.

    No injuries were reported.


    The Red Cross is helping three residents search for a place to stay.


    The investigation is ongoing.

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