Okeechobee County resident killed in house fire

Okeechobee County resident killed in house fire

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - One person was killed in a house fire Saturday night in Okeechobee County.

According to the county's fire rescue, at 11:24 p.m. crews responded to the fire at 3595 SW 21st St in the Oak Park community.

When firefighters arrived, they found the house fully involved with fire coming from the windows and roof.

Once the fire was knocked down, crews were able to enter the home and found one adult dead.  The home is a total loss.

The preliminary investigation indicates the cause maybe from the use of gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace. The use of gasoline caused the fire to spread quickly.

Due to the rapid intensification of the fire, only two of the three family members were able to escape the burning home. The house was equipped with working smoke detectors, said the Okeechobee County Fire Rescue.

The Florida State Fire Marshal was called to the scene and is conducting an investigation.

Fire units remained on scene for more than four hours to contain hot spots and to assist the State Fire Marshal Investigator. The Red Cross was called to the scene and is assisting the affected residents.

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