More than a dozen senior citizens had to be rescued from their apartment balconies when fire broke out in their building, according to the Orange City Fire Department.
Crews were dispatched Sunday to a five-alarm fire at The Palmyra apartments, 301 S. Glassell St., where heavy smoke was reportedly coming from the second floor and multiple residents were trapped on their balconies, Capt. Casey Fieldhouse said.
Firefighters attacked the flames and deployed ladders to rescue 15 to 20 people, he said. Five residents were injured, three of whom were transported to local hospitals, and all were treated for mild conditions.
It took a crew of more than 100 firefighters from local departments about an hour to fully extinguish the blaze, Fieldhouse said.
The fire caused heavy damage to an upstairs unit and hallway; two additional units suffered smoke damage; and there was significant water damage downstairs. Fieldhouse said no preliminary damage estimate is available.
About 70 residents have been displaced, and the Red Cross was at the scene to assist residents who may need a place to stay.
—City News Service