Firefighters battle fire at Tymber Skan apartments

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The State Bureau of Fire and Arson  Investigation will attempt to determine the cause of a fire at an abandoned building at the Tymber Skan apartments.
 
According to Orange County Fire Rescue, fire was reported around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday.  
 
“On arrival there were flames through the roof so we did get many units on scene.  Our crews conducted a defensive attack on the fire and four units were ultimately affected,” said spokeswoman Kat Kennedy.  
 
The Tymber Skan complex has a storied history.
 
While some fondly remember living in the neighborhood near Orange Blossom Trail and Rio Grande Avenue, it’s has become rundown and crime-ridden in recent years.
 
Orange County officials paid to demolish several buildings.  
 
Last year people were told to move out, but some stayed.
 
Jean Reiss told FOX 35 she’s lived at Tymber Skan for 8 years.
 
“Same old, same old,” she said after Wednesday’s fire.  
 
“It’s been happening every month and I feel like they’re just trying to get rid of us because we aren’t worth nothing,” Reiss continued.
 
Information about the number of fires at Tymber Skan in the past year were not immediately available Wednesday morning.
 
Kennedy said the department is compiling statistics.  
 
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