Orlando firefighters hurt by ‘smoke explosion’ while battling blaze at apartments

A blaze that injured two Orlando firefighters early Wednesday has been ruled an accident — though its exact cause remains under investigation, the Orlando Fire Department said.

The fire displaced 61 residents of the Twelve Oaks at Windermere complex, the agency said.

Crews were called to a fire inside a three-story building in the apartment complex on Oakbend Street about 2:15 a.m., department spokeswoman Ashley Papagni said.

As crews battled the fire, they discovered it had spread to the attic — just before a “smoke explosion” erupted from that area, Papagni said.

One firefighter suffered burns and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she was still being treated, the agency said just before noon. A second firefighter was also taken to the hospital for injuries from falling debris and smoke inhalation, but has been released.

No residents of the complex were hurt, officials said.

Those who lost their homes to the blaze are working with the American Red Cross of Central Florida for help, Papagni said.

Jeff Weiner can be reached at 407-420-5171, jeweiner@orlandosentinel.com or @JeffWeinerOS on Twitter.

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