Child seriously burned, mother injured after car fire spreads to home

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A child was seriously burned and his mother was injured after a SUV fire spread to a mobile home, sending it up in flames, Orange County firefighters said.

Officials with Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the 1800 block of East Orlando Road on what was initially reported as an SUV fire. The fire then spread to a nearby 1,200-foot trailer, firefighters said.

Firefighters said the child suffered serious and significant burns on his hands and was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital.

They said his mother was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation.


An investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing, but firefighters said it may have been sparked by fireworks inside the SUV.

"During the conversation, the caller indicated that there were fireworks inside of the vehicle that were shooting off. Our units quickly arrived on scene," said Ashley Gibson, with Orange County Fire Rescue.

Firefighters said a dog was also rescued from the home.

"We say it over and over: When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong very fast -- faster than any 911 system can respond," said Mike Jachles, an agency spokesman.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating how the fire began, and the Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating the incident.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether there will be any criminal charges.

Firefighters said the SUV and the home are a total loss.

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