Firefighters battle 2 separate apartment fires

- Orlando firefighters on Monday responded to a fire at an apartment complex in West Orlando.  Fire investigators arrived at the Metro Place apartment, at 1073 Kirkman Road, around 2:30 p.m.  

It took about 24 minutes to knock down the flames, according to OFD.  Ten apartments sustained some type of damage, but not all were affected by flames.  Some only have smoke and/or water damage, firefighters say. 

Dozens of people are displaced; however, they are not necessarily all effected because of fire damage. OFD says it's because they are keeping power to the building cut off for the night.  Residents are being allowed to go in and get what they need in order to stay somewhere else for now.   OFD responded with 13 of its units and were assisted by Orange County firefighter.  

The Metro Place fire was the first of two large apartment fires on Monday. More than a dozen families are homeless after a fire ripped through units at Advenir at Broadwater apartments along International Drive and Westwood Blvd.  

Half-a-dozen Orange County fire trucks responded to fire early Monday evening.  Around 30 firefighters were working the scene at its peak and about 16 units sustained damage.   The cause of the fire is unknown. 

The American Red Cross has been called and will be helping displaced people at both the Metro Place and Advenir at Broadwater complexes. 

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