ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 30 people are now without a home due to a massive fire at the Royal Isles Apartments on Wednesday morning.
- 32 people displaced; Red Cross is helping them find place to stay
- No reported injuries
- Fire investigators working to determine cause of fire
- Engelwood Elementary and Jackson Middle schools are collecting supplies
- OCPS providing special transportation, clothing available
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Thirty-two people were able to get out of their apartments and no injuries have been reported. Some of the neighbors told Spectrum News 13 that they noticed the flames around 8 a.m, but the fire wasn't out until several hours later.
Orlando Fire Department tweeted that one person took him- or herself to an area hospital for exhaustion.
The department stated that at least 12 apartments were involved in the fire, but there is no word on what caused it.
This was a three-alarm fire and firefighters had to attack this fire from above, dousing the roof because of concerns the roof would succumb to the flames.
According to Orlando Fire Rescue, a child noticed smoke inside of his or her apartment and called 911.
"You know it went quickly. It got up into the roof, into the attic. So that’s why we decided to go defensive you can probably 30 feet into the air there were flames shooting," said Assistant Fire Chief Paul Plaugher with the Orlando Fire Department.
Residents say it sounded as if the roof collapsed at one point.
“I got my kids and my pet and took them all out, and you see the whole building going into flames,” said resident Rafael Bruno.
Bruno is heartbroken to see his apartment unit destroyed.
“I did all my stuff for my family and worked to hard ... and to see that go crumbling down, its like there is no feeling. It’s the worst feeling you can have,” Bruno said.
According to the Orlando Fire Department, no one was injured during the blaze, however one person took him- or herself to the hospital because he or she was so overwhelmed by what was happening.
In total, 12 apartment units were destroyed in the fire.
No one was injured in the fire and an arson investigator is looking into how this may have started.
The apartment complex is working to try to relocate them to other apartments.
The Royal Isles complex is in the districts for Englewood Elementary and Jackson Middle schools. The schools say they are working with community partners to get supplies and items for the children, including uniforms, school supplies and hygiene products.
Engelwood Elementary's principal says there will be a drop off box for items during the school's Meet the Teacher Event.
The Orange County Public Schools department that helps kids experiencing homelessness will also be providing transportation for students displaced by the fire so they can stay at their schools.
The department is also making its Kid's Closet available for students who need clothing.
Reporters Bailey Myers and Matt Fernandez contributed to this story.