Osceola County

Firefighters: 14 people, including 6 children with special needs, evacuated from homes after fire breaks out in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Fla. — Officials are investigating after a fire gutted a special needs home for children and another fire destroyed a home just two blocks away.

14 people, including six children with special needs, were evacuated from their homes Saturday morning in St. Cloud, firefighters said.

Around 2 a.m., firefighters said they responded to house fires at 900 Alabama Ave. and 811 Georgia Ave.

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Six children with special needs and a nurse were taken to a hospital, firefighters said.

Neighbors reported hearing explosions overnight. Firefighters said those explosions were oxygen tanks exploding that were in the back of the special needs home.

“You can’t help, you wanna help, but what can you do but let professionals do their job? Your heart goes out to situations like this but to say what was I feeling, it’s too many emotions going on to say what you’re feeling, you just want these people to be OK,” said neighbor Darryl Wright.

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The cause of the fires is not known.

The state fire marshal will handle the investigation.

A GoFundMe has been created for the family with the special needs children. If you would like to donate to the family, visit here.

If you would like to donate to the other family that lost their house to the fire, you can visit their GoFundMe page here.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.