3 bodies found after Pine Hills apartment fire not identified

By Evan Lambert, Reporter, elambert@clickorlando.com
Published On: Mar 13 2014 04:48:36 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 13 2014 05:31:11 PM EDT

Identities of the victims who died in the fire in Misty Oaks Apartments have not been released.

PINE HILLS, Fla. -

The Medical Examiner's Office says it has completed the autopsies of the three people who were killed in a Pine Hills apartment fire, but authorities haven't released the identities of the victims.

The blaze was reported Tuesday at 3:30 a.m. at the Misty Oaks apartments near West Colonial Drive and Hiawassee Road.

Dozens were forced from their homes and four units were damaged by fire.

Witnesses said flames were shooting 30 feet into the air before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

One man was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation, but he was expected to be OK, fire officials said.

Family members tell Local 6 three people, including two children, were pronounced dead inside the home. One of the relatives says an aunt and her two nephews, both under 10 years old, didn't make it out of the fire.

Officials haven't identified the victims.

The state fire marshal's office is processing evidence from the fire in Tallahassee and says they didn't find any obvious signs that the fire started by accident, but are unable to rule out arson as the cause of the fire.

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