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4th victim dies after warehouse fire in Orange County – Orlando Sentinel


The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has identified four people who died following a warehouse fire last Thursday that filled the sky with swells of smoke and set off multiple fireworks that were being stored inside.

All four victims, David Gonzalez, Lindsey Phillips, Landon Bourland and Elizabeth Tiralongo, were rescued from the fire and transported to the hospital last week Thursday.

Gonzalez, 22, and Phillips, 23, died the following day, the sheriff’s office said. A day later, Bourland, 24, died and on Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office announced Tiralongo, 22, died in the hospital.

More than 80 firefighters and 30 units were dispatched in response to a multiple-occupancy warehouse at 901 Central Florida Parkway that was heavy in flames and smoke at 7 p.m. last Thursday.

Fireworks, which were reportedly stored inside, started to ignite as the fire raged from the building.

On a Twitter post the day of the incident, Orange County Fire Rescue said four burn victims were taken to the hospital. Multiple people also were rescued, OCFR said.

The address shares the same location as furniture liquidation store, just east of Florida’s Turnpike. A French Furniture Orlando sign was on the front of the building. The building also housed fireworks, OCFR said.

The agency and the State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.

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The Sheriff’s Office said the deaths are not being investigated as homicides at this time.

It was the second deadly accident involving fireworks unintentionally igniting in a building last week in Central Florida.

On Nov. 28, a car crashed into Phantom Fireworks, sparking the fireworks inside.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported the car crashed into the building after colliding with a pickup truck by the intersection. The driver of the car was killed while the other driver, a 39-year-old woman from West Melbourne, was not injured and remained on scene, FHP said.

Orange County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Garrett Wienckowski told Orlando Sentinel news partner Spectrum News 13 that fireworks were exploding as firefighters entered the building Thursday night to rescue people.

“When we have victims trapped, we go in and we risk more than we usually would,” he said. “With a building like this with active explosions and fireworks inside a building very similar to the one in Melbourne, I would not initially send crews inside but because we did have confirmed victims inside, we had crews interior making rescues while fireworks and explosions were going on all around them.”

arabines@orlandosentinel.com





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