9 cats killed, 2 people hospitalized after Orange County house fire

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Two people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation and at least nine cats and one rabbit died Tuesday following a house fire in Orange County.

Firefighters said when they arrived before 9 a.m., heavy smoke and flames were coming from the first and second floor of the home on West Gulley Avenue in Oakland.

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Officials said the home was destroyed.

Firefighters said they are unable to determine the exact number, but that approximately nine or 10 cats and one rabbit died in the fire.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.