Firefighters save cat, dogs from Longwood house fire

A Longwood family and their four pets are safe after a fire destroyed their home on Saturday morning.

At around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, multiple Seminole County Fire Department units responded to a residence on Suzanne Way in Longwood in reference to a residential structure fire.

Longwood home catches fire on May 18, 2024
Multiple SCFD units responded to a home in Longwood on May 18, 2024, after receiving reports of a fire. (Photo: Seminole County Fire Department)

Upon arrival, SCFD crews sprang into action and attacked the flames, eventually extinguishing the fire.

Longwood home catches fire on May 18, 2024
Smoke rising from a home in Longwood on May 18, 2024. (Photo: Seminole County Fire Department)

There were no injuries reported, and the family’s three dogs and cat were rescued from the burning home. The fire department stated that the cat, named Jerry, previously appeared in SeaWorld Orlando’s Pets Ahoy show.

Longwood home catches fire on May 18, 2024
The rescued cat, Jerry, is retired from SeaWorld Orlando’s Pets Ahoy show. (Photo: Seminole County Fire Department)

While the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, SCFD stated that a majority of the fire appeared in the home’s air handler before extending to the roof.

The home was destroyed in the fire, and the family has been displaced. The American Red Cross of Central Florida and Seminole County Emergency Management were contacted to assist the family.

In addition, a GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up by a relative to assist the family with their immediate expenses in the aftermath of the fire. As of 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, nearly $11,000 of the $15,000 goal has been raised.

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