The Clermont Fire Department (CFD) responded to a major structure fire over the weekend.
CFD received a report of a structure fire at 584 W. Juniata St. in Downtown Clermont at about 2:42 a.m. Aug. 25. Upon arrival, firefighters found a multi-family dwelling with heavy smoke and flames visible.
Due to the close proximity to Clermont Fire Station 101, crews arrived on scene fewer than 3 minutes after the 911 call was received. Units from Minneola Fire and Lake County Fire Rescue assisted to quickly bring the fire under control. Crews and investigators remained on scene for over eight hours, working to determine the cause and helping to salvage any belongings. All residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
One occupant was injured in the blaze and was transported to South Lake Hospital for treatment. One dog perished in the fire. No emergency personnel were injured and the fire was contained to two units. While all occupants made it out safely, the homes are a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Clermont Fire Department reminds its citizens to check their smoke detectors regularly. There should be a working smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and at least one on each level. In addition, all residents should have a home fire escape plan, including the closing of all doors to limit the spread of smoke and heat. Fire can spread quickly through a home and seconds can save your life.