Central Florida grandmother and five grandkids escape house fire on Friday

LAKELAND, Fla. — A grandmother and her five grandchildren managed to escape a house fire in Lakeland.

On Friday, at 5:30 p.m., the Lakeland Fire Department responded to a house fire on Blossom Circle East.

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When crews arrived, they encountered a fire burning around the kitchen window.

Firefighters got the fire under control in less than 15 minutes and contained the fire to the kitchen area.

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Firefighters learned that five children under the age of 9 and their grandmother were home when the fire occurred.

According to a news release, the oldest child helped get the other kids out of the house safely but was unable to assist her grandmother out of the residence by herself.

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A neighbor from across the street ran into the house and was able to help get the grandmother out.

The grandmother was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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No firefighter injuries were reported.

The fire was determined to be an accidental cooking fire.

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