House fire displaces three people in Clermont

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Three people are out of their home after a house fire.  Clermont firefighters, along with firefighters from the City of Minneola and Lake County, battled a fire at 1022 Princeton Drive around 6 p.m. Saturday with the one-story, four-bedroom home sustaining extensive damage from fire and smoke that appears to have resulted in a total loss of the home, said Clermont Fire Lt. Ty Chapel.

Chapel said that two adults and one teenager, who were renting the home, were checked for smoke inhalation but none were transported to the hospital.  The American Red Cross was helping the renters find shelter, Chapel said.

The owners, who were out of state, were notified of the fire, Chapel said.

When Clermont firefighters arrived, flames and smoke were shooting out of the vents and roof, Chapel said. Firefighters immediately connected their hose to a hydrant across the street and were joined by fire-fighting units from Minneola and Lake County.  The fire took about 20 minutes to extinguish, Chapel said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal.

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