LAKELAND, Fla. – At approximately 9:00 PM on May 22nd, the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) received a call for a structure fire at a residence located at 1207 Walnut Street.
Crews said when they arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames billowing from the front of the structure.
Fire crews initially made a defensive fire attack from outside the structure before being able to safely enter the structure and complete extinguishment of the fire.
The fire did spread to a van parked in the driveway, but it was quickly extinguished. An adjacent convenient store was evacuated out of precaution. The fire was brought under control in less than 20 minutes. The American Red Cross was called in to assist and is helping one displaced family.
A total of nine LFD units, one Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) Medic Unit, and patrol units from the Lakeland Police Department (LPD) responded to the scene.
No firefighter injuries were reported.
The fire was determined to be accidental, and the cause was electrical.