Orange County

Commissioner: No permit to store fireworks at Orange County warehouse where 4 died in fire

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — New details are emerging as the investigation continues into a deadly fire at a warehouse in Orange County.


Firefighters said fireworks were going off when they rushed inside the warehouse on Central Florida Parkway to rescue people trapped by the blaze earlier this month.

Four people have died, and a fifth victim is still struggling in the hospital as teams investigate the fire.

Local officials now say there were never supposed to be fireworks in the building.

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Orange County Commissioner Mayra Uribe told Channel 9 that the company did not have a permit to be in the building.

Officials also said there are no facilities in unincorporated Orange County that is allowed to store fireworks.

“We need to have stronger, stricter rules,” Uribe said.

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The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated by the state.

However, officials said the company they worked for had no permission to keep fireworks.

The owner of the warehouse said he did not know the fireworks were there.

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There is also a restriction that stops fireworks from being stored 5,000 feet from any school.

Uribe said she wants further changes before something like this, or worse, happens again.

The four employees who died were all part of a team, and were all under 25.

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